The Arizona Cardinals have announced they will be hosting a blood drive to help address the low levels of blood donations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The blood drive will take place at State Farm Stadium on Tuesday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As a result of the pandemic, many blood drives have been canceled following the CDC’s recommendation to not have gatherings of over 10 people. In doing so, more than 5,000 blood donations to hospital patients have been lost.
Governor Doug Ducey has said there is a desperate need for blood donors at this time and is encouraging donations.
The Cardinals will be partnering with Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, Dignity Health and Cigna to host the event.
“Throughout this crisis, nurses, doctors and the entire community of front-line medical workers have done the extraordinary work that we cannot,” said Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill in a statement. “Blood donation is something that we can and the need for it has never been greater. The support we get on game days at State Farm Stadium is incredible and we’re asking fans to come out again now to support this critically important effort.”
The team has also said that with the stadium’s size and event set up, proper social distancing is feasible, while also accommodating a large volume of people.
Anyone who wants to attend and donate must register online, according to a release from the team.
Click here for more information or to register to donate.