Top of the league FM for Stoke City FC
Stoke City FC, or the Potters, as they are affectionately known to their fans, is an English Premier League team which takes pride in playing its home games at the bet365 stadium. From summer 2017, the ground will add another 1,800 seats to swell its capacity to 30,000. The high footfall of visitors to the ground, together with the stadium being located next to a large industrial incinerator on the edge of the A50 – the direct route in and out of Stoke-on-Trent – creates a huge cleaning challenge.
That’s where AM Services Group’s expert specialist cleaning staff score. The stadium is subject to relentless airborne pollution and environmental contaminates that settle on and around the stadium. And, for the last two years, AM Services Group has been picked for the team to carry out the specialist cleaning services necessary to keep the ground in peak condition for the thousands of visitors.
AM Services Group has provided the required expertise to carry out the difficult task of high level jet washing for the outside of the main stadium, including the cladding, the bronze statues of legendary players Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks, and the external cleaning of the vinyl dome of the club’s ten-metre-high training academy.
Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks were such iconic figures that it was even more important to ensure that there was no damage when cleaning the statues. The correct pressure had to be used to clear the moss and algae on the stone and chemicals were specially selected to avoid any adverse reaction on the bronze. The high level stadium cleaning, which was carried out from 125ft cherry pickers, needed to meet the added logistical and health and safety challenges of keeping the public safe, re-routing traffic while work was being carried out, and ensuring that inconvenience was kept to an absolute minimum. And the AM Services Group team made sure it didn’t run into extra time as the exterior cleaning of the stadium and the academy was completed in only one week. The specialist cleaning team also carried out deep cleaning of the main reception area of the stadium and the inside of the training ground dome.
When AM Services Group completed the entire complex Stoke City FC cleaning challenge over three weeks, with a solution that worked for everyone and cementing a strong relationship with the client, the company was very proud of its full time result.