Additional facilities achieve GBAC STAR accreditation

To date, more than 2400 facilities are in the process of becoming accredited through the GBAC STAR program.

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas, are the latest facilities to secure GBAC STAR facility accreditation.

The accreditation is from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA. The gold standard of prepared facilities, GBAC STAR provides third-party validation that organisations are undertaking thorough cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention strategies.

“With many facilities reopening around the world, they are eager to showcase their ongoing dedication to proper cleaning and safety protocols,” said GBAC executive director, Patricia Olinger.

“We designed the GBAC STAR program to accredit facilities in weeks rather than months so that organisations can promote their achievement sooner and instill confidence among their visitors and employees.”Hard Rock Stadium, a global entertainment destination and home to the Miami Dolphins, was the first public facility to commit to earning GBAC STAR accreditation.

The stadium successfully completed 20 program elements with specific performance and guidance criteria to earn accreditation.

STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles is home to four professional sports teams (Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, and Los Angeles Sparks), making it the first NBA, NHL, and WNBA arena to receive GBAC STAR accreditation.

In the arena’s 20-year history, it hosts more than 250 events and welcomes more than 4 million visitors annually.

The Overland Park Convention Center, recently named the Best Small Convention Center in North America by EXHIBITOR magazine and a Top 20 convention center of any size, was built in 2002 and is located in Kansas City’s largest suburb.

To date, more than 2400 facilities of all types and sizes are in the process of becoming accredited through the GBAC STAR program.

Accredited facilities will renew annually to confirm they follow and improve upon the procedures they outlined in their initial applications.

“Formal accreditation speaks volumes about an organization’s commitment to best practices as the pandemic continues,” said ISSA executive director, John Barrett.

“We are thrilled to welcome these four facilities into a prestigious group of accredited facilities that is on pace to continuously grow in the coming weeks and months.”

To apply for GBAC STAR facility accreditation, visit

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