Michigan, MSU Announce New Fan Vaccination Policy for Indoor Home Games

Both Michigan State and the University of Michigan announced Saturday an updated protocol for fans when attending sporting events at indoor home contests.

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, both Big Ten schools will require all spectators ages 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. The indoor mask mandate at both universities remains in effect for all home athletic events.

MSU students, faculty and staff can show their university ID as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccine mandate. People ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.

One of the following is required to enter a sporting event at the University of Michigan, according to their news release:

  • A photo or digital version of an official government-issued vaccination card listing the guest’s name and dates of when the last dose was administrated.
  • For U-M students, displaying their valid MCard.
  • For faculty, displaying their ResponsiBLUE app to confirm they comply with the University of Michigan’s vaccination requirements.
  • A printed or digital negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of the event. Over-the-counter home testing kit results are not accepted.

Officials at both universities state that refunds will not be given to those not granted access to enter the facilities.

This new policy comes four days after the Big Ten announced on Tuesday, an updated forfeiture policy for the remaining league contests in the 2021-22 college season.

The previously policy stated that if teams were unable to play due to COVID-19 concerns, the game would be declared a forfeit.

Now, if teams do not have at least seven scholarship athletes and one coach available for safe competition, the game will be rescheduled. If it is unable to be reschedule, the game will be declared a no-contest.

However, if a team is unable to reasonably show why it was unable to meet the safety threshold, the contest may be declared a forfeit.