15 September (WNN) — The Buffalo Bills join the Las Vegas Raiders as the second NFL team that requires fans to be vaccinated in order to attend home games in 2021, the team announced.
Bills & Highmark Stadium announced the policy on Tuesday. All guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to attend games at the 71,000-seat Orchard Park, NY, facility.
The NHL’s Buffalo Sabers announced a similar policy for fans attending their home games at the Keybank Center in Buffalo, NY. Teams said the move is in compliance with a directive from the Erie County Health Department.
“We have worked closely with the county over the past several weeks, months, throughout the pandemic,” said Ron Rakuia, vice president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Bills & Sabers.
“We want to provide the safest environment for our fans that we possibly can. We are grateful for this collaboration. We think this is the right step forward.”
Fans attending the games on September 26 and October 3 will be allowed to enter Highmark Stadium with a dose of the vaccine. Fans must be fully vaccinated for entry starting October 31. Guests are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last shot.
Guests 12 and under will be required to wear a mask at all times inside Highmark Stadium. Those who have been vaccinated will not need to wear a mask.
Vaccinated guests provide proof of show with a physical vaccination card, a New York State Excelsior Pass, a Clear Digital Vaccine Card, or a government digital vaccine proof from outside New York.
Negative COVID-19 test results will not be accepted for admission.
The Bills host the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first game of the season at Orchard Park on Sunday. The team did not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for fans to participate, but masks were required.
The Bills face the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. They host the Washington football team on September 26 at Highmark Stadium.