LSU football fans must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to attend games
Football fans ages 12 and up attending LSU home games this season must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for it within 72 hours before entering Tiger Stadium, LSU announced Tuesday morning.
"While we are aware of the diverse perspectives across the nation regarding masks and vaccinations, we must take all reasonable measures to protect our campus and community, not only on gamedays but long after guests have left Tiger Stadium," LSU president William Tate said in a school release.
The decision came after Tate consulted with Gov. John Bel Edwards, LSU's Board of Supervisors and athletics director Scott Woodward. The policy goes into effect Sept. 11, the date of the Tigers' home opener against McNeese State.
"As the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana, our foremost responsibility is to ensure the safety of our students, our supporters and our community," Tate said. "The current threat to our lives, our health and to our medical systems due to COVID-19 is overburdening our hospitals, and we must do our part to stop the spread."
To enter Tiger Stadium for games, those age 12 and older must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization, LSU's release said.
A vaccination card, or photo of it, or digital proof of vaccination, including LA Wallet or another government-sanctioned mobile app, will be accepted.
"Those who have not yet received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine must present digital or hard copy proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 72 hours before kickoff prior to entering the stadium," LSU's release said.
Fans younger than 12 will not need to present verification of a negative test. LSU will still encourage masks for children younger than 5. Masks will be required for children between 5-11.
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“We have the best fans in college football, and we are doing everything we can to ensure their experience in Tiger Stadium is safe and enjoyable," Woodward said. "When our fans arrive, they will have confidence that we have taken measures to mitigate their health risks. Our football team has reached 99.1% vaccination, and we are incredibly proud of them for doing their part to protect their team and community. We are confident our fans will do the same, and I encourage all Tiger fans to receive vaccinations today.”