Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium has been turned into a drive-in coronavirus testing centre.
The English Premier League club is committed to helping the National Health Service (NHS) and those in need during this difficult period.
“It is hugely impressive, and a great triumph of both teamwork and hard work. The Amex will be the biggest testing site anywhere on the south coast, and will be used for self-testing and assisted testing,” Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told the club’s official website.
“It has been amazing to see the Department of Health and Social Care who are overseeing the set up of these vital test centres, working alongside the army, club staff, AAA security and the team from our stadium and the club’s catering partners Sodexo, whose staff are helping to run the site,” he said.
In a statement, Brighton said that the Amex is already being used for storage of vital NHS supplies and the stadium has also been offered to the local authority as a field hospital.
“We have already opened up the doors of the training ground, as well as the stadium, to be used by the NHS , emergency services and local authority for training, storage or whatever they feel it can be used for in the fight against this pandemic.”
The PL season has been suspended since March and Brighton said they will give 1,000 match tickets to NHS staff once the pandemic is over and it is safe for football to resume and for the fans to come to the stadium to watch football.
According to Reuters, covid-19 has infected over 2.32 million people in the world and has resulted in more than 158, 000 deaths.
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