The anti-microbial Yankee Stadium


One of the lesser-known features of New Yankee Stadium are the clean clubhouses. The Yankees and the Coatings Specialist Group teamed up to bring a clubhouse purportedly 99.9 percent free of bacteria, viruses and fungi that could inhabit a Major League Baseball clubhouse. After increased attention to the antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria over the last few years, the Yankees did not want to take any chances. Not everyone, however, is sold on the idea. Kent Sepkowitz, a New York-based physician, examined the plan for Slate and offered up his critique of it. Sepkowitz doesn’t believe CSG’s products can deliver, and on the second page of the article, he notes that the company is not what it seems either. At least all of those Monk types out there won’t be worrying about the bacteria though.

Categories : Asides, Yankee Stadium


  1. jsbrendog says:

    and by kiling all of the bacteria you kill the good and the bad. thereofre negating some of the positive while creating the negative of super germs. purell hand sanitizer is the devil (but i love it)

    • Surprisingly, Sepkowitz doesn’t touch upon this, but the Yanks, by focusing too much on cleanliness, could actually create an environment where the super-bugs could thrive. At least, that’s my understanding of it.

      • 27 this year says:

        plus in general, normal cleaning probably did and should have already taken place. Also, an athlete has a stronger immune system in most cases anywhere so this could end up being worse because like you said, it breeds superbugs.

      • Chris says:

        But the company says that won’t happen, and we all know salesmen never lie.

  2. Will (the other one) says:

    Wait, hold on. I JUST got it.

    1) New Yankee Stadium is being treated with a substance designed to repel germs.
    2) Attendance has thus far been disappointing, to say the least, at the new stadium. It’s almost as though fans are being repelled by the new facility.

    3) Is a large proportion of the Yankee fan base staying away from the new stadium because under their disguises they’re actually germs?!?!?!

    Just a thought.

  3. pat says:

    If these new super germs we’re breeding don’t start killing people immediately they’ll never amount to anything.

  4. Double-J says:

    What we should have done was hire Niles Crane to simply wipe down the place after every game.

  5. Rich says:

    I guess spitting tobacco juice is now sort of frowned upon…

  6. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Now only if we could get our catcher to stop peeing on his hands…

  7. Drew says:

    Wait until Jorge gets his “hands” on it. ;)

  8. MelkMan20 says:

    haha that jorge comment was funny. but the new stadium does look amazing. saw that the bronx is buring is airing on msg now on sundays at 9pm (http://www.msg.com/summerof77/ ). watched it the other night and began comparing the old stadium to the new one. to hear people like reggie jackson talk about the 77′ season along with sparky lyle, and ron guidry after the show has aired, it really makes you look forward to all the good memories and history that will come in the new stadium.

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