The NFL has announced a program to clean up the floors of stadiums around the league, as part of its efforts to reduce the risk of concussions and other brain injuries.
The NFL Clean Up program will begin this season, with an initial slate of stadiums in 2020.
This program will target facilities and areas where players and coaches are most likely to have a concussion.
The league will also establish guidelines for what areas will be cleared for clean-out activities and how to ensure players and fans are treated respectfully.
“The Clean Up Program will begin with clean floors in stadiums around our league,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“We are committed to reducing concussions in the NFL and our players, and we are committed not to playing at any level of the game.”
A full list of stadiums covered by the program is available on the NFL website.
“While this program is being launched, we will continue to educate fans, players, coaches and the community on how to help us reduce concussions,” Goodell added.
“I want to thank the NFL Players Association for their strong support.
We will continue our conversations with the union to get the best possible solutions.”
Goodell added that teams will be able to opt out of the program.
“As we’ve said before, we believe it is important for our players and our teams to remain vigilant about protecting their health and well-being,” he said.
The program will be run by the NFL in collaboration with the Association of American Football Coaches.
The first stadium to be covered under the program, which will begin in 2020, will be the Meadowlands in Minneapolis.
Other stadiums are scheduled to be added as the program proceeds.
The Clean Up initiative is a collaboration between the NFL, the American Football Foundation, the NFLPA and the NFL Foundation.