The Best Way to Clean Stadium Restrooms

by | Apr 30, 2024

Clean stadium restrooms enhance the game day experience for everyone. Sure, sports fans focus mostly on the action, but they also buy lots of concessions. In fact 72% of US fans always or usually purchase food at a game, while 76% always or usually buy a beverage, spending an average total of $42 per game, according to this study by Oracle Food and Beverage.

That inevitably leads to a trip (or two) to the restroom.

Fans hope to find clean, fresh-smelling spaces with short lines and well-stocked soap and towel dispensers. Considering the cost of those concessions, and tickets prices in general, stadium managers should strive for nothing less. That’s why cleaning stadium restrooms may be the most important job on game day and beyond.

Stadium Restrooms Set the Tone

The modern stadium boasts lots of amenities and features including quality food choices, and VIP areas. But of all the fancy bells and whistles, none matches the impact of well-designed, clean restrooms. 

“You add a restaurant or a walkway feature to the stadium, some people will use it, but everyone is going to use the restroom,” insists Scott Jenkins, general manager of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in this article. “So, the functionality, the quantity, the aesthetics of your bathrooms is critical.”

The reputation of famously bad stadium restrooms can follow a team well into the future. RingCentral Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders, in Oakland, CA, was consistently rated as having the worst restrooms in the NFL. The team has since left the city for Allegiant Stadium, a brand new facility in Las Vegas, NV that also hosted the 2024 Super Bowl.  

Best Way to Clean Stadium Restrooms

Cleaning any restroom is difficult, but servicing stadium restrooms, with their high number of fixtures, is especially hard. Allegiant Stadium has 297 restrooms and 1,430 toilets and urinals. That comes to one lavatory for every 120 men and one for every 60 women.

This abundance of restrooms makes for shorter waiting times and better traffic flow. It also means janitorial staff must keep track of many more spaces during game time. Smart cleaning managers rely on high-capacity soap and towel dispensers to cut down on restocking. Connecting these units to the internet gives custodians insight on which areas need service right away.

Most cleaning work starts after game play ends and fans go home. This is when cleaners can service every inch of the restroom. But they should not have to get up close and personal with that mess. That’s why many stadiums rely on advanced No-Touch Cleaning® systems from Kaivac.

The KaiVac® 2750 was designed to clean high volume restrooms with 25 or more fixtures. This powerhouse of a machine lets workers apply automatically diluted cleaning solution to every part of the restroom including walls, partitions, floors, and fixtures. An attached grout brush can be used on stubborn stains and dirt. Then workers power rinse the cleaning solution and dirt to the floor using the machine’s 500 PSI indoor pressure washer. Finally, they vacuum up the mess, leaving floors clean and dry.

Cleaning stadium restrooms is important, but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Click here to learn more time saving ways to keep stadium restrooms game ready.

Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines. Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.
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