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UK sports stadia join coronavirus fight

Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium has been converted into the south coast’s biggest drive-in coronavirus testing centre.

Testing is strictly by appointment only. The site is part of the government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS staff and other key workers.

Chief executive Paul Barber commented:

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.

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.

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is also being set up at Twickenham Stadium in order to test NHS and other key workers.

Part of a new network of testing sites, the iconic stadium, which typically has a 82,000 capacity when hosting matches and events, will be used to test workers for Covid-19 using new PCR swab tests.

And the home of Burton Albion is set to play a vital part in supporting the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

Pirelli Stadium is set to host a testing centre that will be used to test NHS staff and other key workers for the virus. It will be one of 50 sites being established nationally.

A coronavirus testing centre has also been set up at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles.

The 12,00 capacity venue is home to Rugby Super League’s Salford Red Devils and Gallagher Premiership’s Sale Sharks.

Staff at the centre will initially be able to take swab samples and run 120 tests a day – by appointment only. Results will be available within 72 hours.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Arms Park is the latest sport stadium in Wales to support the NHS.

The venue, used by Cardiff Blues, will provide a staff welfare centre, catering facilities and headquarters for the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

The hospital, which is within the Principality Stadium, will have up to 2,000 beds to fight the coronavirus.