Starting Oct. 1, all spectators must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend sporting events at UB Stadium and Alumni Arena.
The new rule also applies to concerts and arts events at Slee Hall, the Center for the Arts and Alumni Arena. The list includes the Distinguished Speakers Series and the commencement celebration honoring the class of 2020.
“We feel this is in the community’s best interest,” Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biochemical Sciences Michael E. Cain said in a press release. “COVID-19 cases in the region have continued to climb. We want to be proactive and make sure we are doing our part to prevent further spread of the virus.”
Attendees must provide proof of at least one dose of the vaccine starting Oct. 1. UB says a vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all valid forms of vaccination.
In addition to providing proof of at least one dose by Oct. 1, spectators must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 to attend sporting and arts events for the 2021-22 school year.
Masks will still be required at all times in indoor settings, but won’t be required when vaccinated spectators are outdoors at UB Stadium.
Children under 12 who are not vaccinated will still be granted admission to UB events but must wear a mask at both indoor and outdoor venues.
As of Monday, 99% of UB students are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine andSyracuse.com. In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m.