WSU outlines vaccine validation process

Seven locations around the stadium will allow for pre-verification

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A WSU fan displays a “Go Cougs” sign during a Sept. 11 game in Martin Stadium.

AARIK LONG, Evergreen sports editor

On Wednesday, WSU Athletics officially announced the protocol fans at home football games will be required to follow for vaccine verification. 

As previously reported, all fans 12 years old and above will be required to show either proof of vaccination or an FDA-approved negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

In the updated announcement, WSU Athletics stated fans will be able to show their documentation at locations around Martin Stadium. These include inside of the Compton Union Building, Beasley Coliseum, Cougville (which takes place on the football team’s practice field) and four guest kiosks around the perimeter of the stadium.

Fans going through this process will receive a stamp of verification. 

These locations will open three hours before kickoff and will close at kickoff. Fans can still receive verification directly at the gate, but WSU encourages all fans to use the other locations to speed up the process.

Gates A, B, F, I and the premium seating entrance will all have express lanes for those who go through the verification process at one of the other locations. 

WSU Athletics clarified that in addition to physical CDC-issued vaccination cards, a photo or digital version of the vaccination card with the guest’s name and dates of doses will be accepted.

Fans will still be required to wear masks at all times, indoor or outdoor, at Gesa Field except when actively eating or drinking. 

These protocols will go into effect beginning with WSU’s homecoming game against Oregon State on Oct. 9.