Michigan State Athletics Announces Vaccination Policy For Spectators

UPDATED (as of March 3, 2022): Beginning with the men’s basketball game on Sunday, March 6, masks and vaccine verification will no longer be required at MSU athletic events.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Effective January 1, 2022, Michigan State athletics will require spectators at indoor athletic events to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. The policy applies to men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics and tennis home events. The first scheduled event with the policy in effect will be the men’s basketball game against Nebraska on Jan. 5.

Michigan State’s indoor mask mandate remains in effect for all home athletic events.

The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all attendees ages 12 and up. To meet the vaccine requirement, spectators must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with a photo ID matching the name on the card. Michigan State University students, faculty and staff can show their University ID as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccine mandate. Attendees who cannot provide proof of vaccination should bring a photo ID and either a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event start time. People ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.

Only PCR and medically administered rapid antigen test results will be accepted. Proof must include the results, a time stamp within 72 hours of the event, your name and be presented with a photo ID. At-home tests are not accepted.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow additional time for entry and verification. No testing opportunities will be available for event attendees on site. Prior to arrival guests should have their negative COVID-19 results completed and in hand.

For those who need help locating a testing site, please visit the state of Michigan website.

Additional information will be shared as available prior to the Jan. 5 men’s basketball contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of COVID-19 tests are accepted?
PCR and medically administered rapid antigen test results will be accepted. Proof must include the results, a time stamp within 72 hours of the event, your name AND be presented with a photo ID. At-home tests are not accepted.

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and won’t be able to show a negative test?
Individuals who are unvaccinated and have recently tested positive (but have been released from isolation) are told not to test for 90 days. In these cases, MSU athletics will accept a public health release letter dated within 90 days of the event in place of a recent negative test.

Will event staff be matching my ID to my vaccination card?
Attendees 18 and older should be prepared to show a picture ID to verify ownership of the vaccination card or negative test. Individuals ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.

What if I lost my vaccination card?
It is recommended that you contact your doctor, clinic, pharmacy or location where you were immunized. Photos of your vaccination card will also be accepted. A negative COVID-19 test can also be used for entry. If you have been immunized in the State of Michigan, you may be able to download your Immunization Record from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). https://mdhhsmiimmsportal.state.mi.us/

What does full vaccination mean?
Full vaccination means that at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA authorized or WHO approved double-dose vaccines or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA authorized or WHO approved single-dose vaccines. At this time, a booster vaccine is not required for entry.

Will concession stands be open?
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 19, concession stands will offer full food and drink menus at all Michigan State athletic events. For events before Feb. 19, concessions will only offer beverages.

How long is this policy in effect?
The changes remain in effect until further notice.

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