Highmark Stadium, KeyBank Center announce COVID-19 vaccination requirement


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Jason Guth, Sports Writer

In accordance with Erie County Department of Health guidance, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres announced Tuesday that all guests age 12 and older must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to gain entry to each stadium.

For Bills home games on Sept. 26 (Washington) and Oct. 3 (Houston), guests will be able to attend with only one dose of a vaccine. Starting with the Oct. 31 game against Miami, guests must be fully vaccinated (two weeks following the second dose of a two-dose series, or two weeks after a one-dose series).

Sabres’ guests must have at least one dose of a vaccine starting Sept. 25. Beginning Oct. 31, all guests must be fully vaccinated.

Guests under 12 at each venue will not be required to be vaccinated, though they must wear a mask at all times. All vaccinated guests 12 and older are encouraged to wear masks, but it isn’t required.

“We’ve worked collaboratively with the county over the last several weeks, months, all throughout the pandemic,” Ron Raccuia, executive vice president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment said during a press conference Tuesday.

“We are looking to provide the safest environment for our fans that we possibly can. We’re thankful for this collaboration. We feel like this is the right move going forward.”

At each venue, there are four ways to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination:
Physical Vaccination Card (not a photo)
New York State Excelsior Pass
CLEAR Digital Vaccine Card
Government-issued digital proof of a vaccination

Negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted for entry to either stadium; there are no exceptions to these policies.