Unlike LSU, no COVID vaccination, negative test required for Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football home games

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

UL is recommending that spectators wear masks and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving at the gates of Cajun Field for its home football games this season, school officials announced Friday afternoon.

Socially-distant seating will be available for fans in the general admission areas on the east side of the Our Lady of Lourdes Stadium, in the upper deck and on the hill. Concessions-line queuing also will be in place to ease concourse congestion. 

But UL will not follow the lead of LSU, which revealed its plans earlier this week, a UL spokesman said.

Spectators ages 12 and up attending LSU home games this year must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for it within 72 hours before entering Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LSU announced.

UL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it is not establishing the same policy as LSU.

The Ragin’ Cajuns open their home schedule Sept. 11 against Nicholls.

The decision by UL to not require proof of vaccination or negative tests comes even as the COVID-19 delta variant surges in Louisiana, which has one of the lowest overall vaccination rates – and highest COVID-19 case rates – in the country

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The Louisiana Department of Health reported 110 deaths from COVID on Wednesday, bringing the total to 12,226.

The health department also said Friday on Twitter that 3,428 COVID-19 cases had been reported to the state since Thursday, with the vast majority (97.5%) of those cases tied to COVID spreading in communities, rather than congregate settings like nursing homes.

The Ragin' Cajuns have announced 2021 football attendance plans for Cajun Field at Our Lady of Lourdes Stadium.

“The Delta variant, which now accounts for all of the COVID cases in our state, is far more contagious than previous strains of COVID as our strained hospitals prove,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement.

“We have hope in the form of safe and effective vaccines, but only if many more of us who are eligible and able to actually take them and only if we slow the spread of this illness through masking and distancing as well.”