Michigan State requires fans to be vaccinated or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend indoor sporting events on campus, including men’s and women’s basketball games at the Breslin Center.
The school announced its new policy on Saturday, three days laterr Tom Izzo’s team played without four players who had been released with COVID-19. It is effective immediately and will be in place for the Spartans game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Breslin against Nebraska.
MSU is not alone in making this decision. Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern have all announced vaccine needs for fans in recent weeks.
The new rules require spectators aged 12 and over who attend indoor events to present their vaccination card or have proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. The policy also applies to hockey, wrestling and gymnastics.
MSU’s indoor mask mandate for sporting events also remains in effect.
To meet the vaccine requirement, spectators must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with photo ID matching the name on the card. MSU students, faculty and staff can show their university ID card as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccination mandate.
Participants who cannot provide proof of vaccination must bring photo identification and either a print or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event start time. Guests 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to present photo identification.
MSU encourages fans to arrive early to allow more time for entry and verification, and no on-site testing facilities will be available for participants. Refunds will not be given, “because all guests may enter the facilities with a negative COVID-19 test even if they are not able or willing to show their vaccination status,” the school said in a statement. . MSU also said those who cannot attend are encouraged to transfer tickets to others who can attend or offer them for sale through StubHub.
Additional information will be shared as it becomes available ahead of the January 5 men’s basketball competition.
Izzo said on Friday he expects his four players who missed that game to play Sunday at Northwestern (2 p.m. / BTN).
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State Announces Vaccination Policy for Sporting Events