BC Place

Vancouver’s BC Place first Canadian stadium to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation

Monday, September 21, 2020
Press release

BC Place Stadium has strengthened its commitment to the health and safety of its staff, clients, and guests, by becoming the first stadium in Canada to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities and provides third-party validation that facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations.

GBAC STAR is an industry accreditation focused on ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment in public and commercial facilities of all sizes. The program outlines best practices, protocols, and procedures to control risk factors associated with infectious disease, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The program is administered by GBAC, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

“The wellbeing of our guests, our team members, and the community has always been our highest priority,” said Patricia Jelinski, general manager of BC Place Stadium. “To be the first stadium in Canada to achieve the internationally-recognized GBAC STAR accreditation through ISSA further demonstrates our team’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of everyone at our facility.”

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must follow specific performance and guidance criteria to show compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness and response measures. The program is ideal for facilities of all sizes including, but not limited to offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, stadiums, and other public venues.

About BC Place Stadium

BC Place is the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in the province of British Columbia, hosting sport, exhibitions and live entertainment, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. BC Place is the home of the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Each year, BC Place welcomes more than one million guests to events ranging from professional football, soccer, and rugby, to amateur and high school sports, consumer shows, cultural gatherings, carnivals, film shoots, special events, and world-class concerts. Events hosted at BC Place generate more than $120 million per year in economic benefit within the province, while also generating significant cultural and community benefit for the people of British Columbia.


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