COVID-19 venue news: Estadio Akron, bet365 Stadium and more

Estadio Akron

Amaury Vergara, the president and owner of Mexican football club Chivas, has announced that a temporary hospital will be set up near the team’s Estadio Akron home ground (pictured).

Vergara, who is also director general at Omnilife, which owns Chivas, posted on his Twitter account that a space has been set up that can be used if local hospitals become overrun.

The stadium forms part of the JVC Complex, where a dedicated ‘Carpa Omnilife’ space will house the hospital.

Vergara said: “We will be working with the institutions, with which we have already made contact so that we can begin with the preparations.”

Estadio Akron is located in the city of Zapopan and has a capacity of almost 50,000. The stadium opened in 2010 and has hosted Mexican national team matches as well as serving as the home of Chivas.

bet365 Stadium

The bet365 Stadium, home of Championship football club Stoke City, is hosting a test centre for NHS staff and other key workers.

The centre will be set up in the stadium’s West 1 car park and is one of 50 sites being established nationally.

Dr Richard Harling, chair of the Strategic Coordinating Group which is leading the multi-agency response across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, said the stadium is an ideal location due to its large open areas where social distancing can be practiced. Testing begun earlier this week.

Stoke City will be providing support with volunteers from its stewarding and security teams.

East of England Arena and Events Centre

A drive-through COVID-19 testing facility has also been set up at the East of England Arena and Events Centre in Peterborough.

The facility is one of a range of sites that is being set up across the country as the UK government looks to expand its testing capacity. The site will operate on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers and, like other sites that have been set across the country, will be piloted for its first few days of operation.

The UK’s network of testing facilities will provide thousands of PCR swab tests for key workers, starting with NHS frontline staff. The Peterborough site will be operated in partnership with G4S and Boots.

Image: Jaime Rodolfo Sánchez