As they prepare to welcome fans back to the AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami Heat will use covid-sniffing dogs to screen fans interested in attending games.
The NBA franchise has for several months been training the dogs to screen the handful of fans who will be attending some selected games – mostly friends and family of the players and staff.
Beginning this week, a selected number of ticket holders will be allowed entry provided they can get passed the coronavirus-sniffing dogs.
The use of detection dogs is not new since it has been practised in Dubai, Finland, the United Arab Emirates among others.
Heats Executive Vice President for business strategy, Mathew Jafarian told the press – “If you think about it, detection dogs are not new,”
“You’ve seen them in airports, they’ve been used in mission-critical situations by the police and the military. We’ve used them at the arena for years to detect explosives.”
Miami Heat will take on Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday and season ticket holders have begun securing their seats already.
Fans will be brought to a screening area where detection dogs will be walked past. Should the dog walk past, you are cleared to attend the game but sitting means it detects a virus and the fan will be denied entry.