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 Breslin Center.
The school announced its new policy on Saturday, three days after Tom Izzo’s team played without four players who were out with COVID-19. It is effective immediately and will be in place for the Spartans’ 7 p.m. Wednesday game in Breslin against Nebraska.
MSU is not alone in making this decision. Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern have all announced vaccine requirements for fans in recent weeks.
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The new rules require spectators aged 12 and over attending indoor events to present their vaccination record 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 vaccine requirements, spectators must present their COVID-19 vaccination card or digital image along with photo ID that matches the name on the card. MSU students, faculty, and staff can show their university ID card as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccine mandate.
Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination must bring photo ID and a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. Guests 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show photo ID.
MSU encourages fans to arrive early to allow more time for entry and verification, and no on-site testing opportunities will be available for attendees. No refunds will be given, “as all customers may enter the facility with a negative COVID-19 test even if they are unable or unwilling to show their vaccination status,” the school said in a statement. MSU also said those who cannot attend are encouraged to forward 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 Jan. 5 men’s basketball contest.
Izzo said 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: State of Michigan announces vaccination policy for sporting events