Published September 20, 2021
UB will require proof that spectators are vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed into football games in UB Stadium, and men’s and women’s basketball games in Alumni Arena.
The new rule takes effect in October and also applies to those planning on attending public cultural events in Slee Hall, the Center for the Arts and Alumni Arena, including the Distinguished Speakers Series and the commencement celebration honoring the Class of 2020 on Oct. 1.
The next home UB football game is Oct. 2 against Western Michigan in UB Stadium.
“We feel this is in the community’s best interest,” says Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “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.”
The UB policy takes effect on Oct. 1, when attendees must provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the vaccine to be allowed into events in UB Stadium, Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.
A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well.
With the vaccination policy in effect, masks will no longer be required when spectators are outdoors in UB Stadium. Within indoor locations in UB Stadium, masks will still be required, including on the concourse and within club-level suites.
Masks also will be required at all times while attending events inside Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.
Children under 12 who are not vaccinated still will be admitted to UB events, but must be masked at all times at all UB venues.
By Oct. 30, those who want to attend events at these campus venues must provide proof they have completed their vaccination series. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
The same mask rules will still apply, including those for unvaccinated children under 12.
Since the start of the fall semester in August, UB has implemented a multi-layered set of health and safety protocols across its three campuses, including indoor masking, surveillance testing, health screenings and mandatory student vaccinations. Ninety-nine percent of UB students are vaccinated.
It is very confusing to me why the Buffalo Bills, and now UB, are a couple of the only places in the entire country that don’t accept a negative COVID test. Considering that COVID can still be spread while vaccinated, wouldn’t a test be a sufficient option?
So even people with a religious exemption cannot attend?