Fans over the age of 12 looking to attend Buffalo Sabres games this season will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, Erie County and Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday afternoon.
The updated protocols give fans a window of opportunity to get at least one vaccination, before requiring full vaccination beginning October 31. The policy will be in place for events at both KeyBank Center and Highmark Stadium, including Sabres and Bills games.
Between September 25 and October 30, fans will required to show proof of a minimum of one vaccination dose. This policy will be in place for three preseason games at KeyBank Center, as well as five regular-season home games.
Beginning October 31, fans must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after single dose of Johnson & Johnson). There will be no exceptions permitted.
Proof of vaccination will be accepted in several forms, including a physical vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass (digital) or the CLEAR Digital Vaccine Card or other government-issued digital proof. Photos of vaccine cards will not be accepted.
There is no option to test-out of vaccine requirements.
Fans under the age of 12 do not have to be vaccinated, but must wear a mask at all times. For everyone else, masks will be recommended but optional.
Season ticket holders can request refunds thru specific guidelines, with a deadline to request refund by next Tuesday, September 21. Fans who have purchased single-game tickets are not offered a refund option.
Those looking to get vaccinated can attend clinics at the Pepsi Club at Highmark Stadium on September 22 & 29, October 6 & 13 or visit the Erie County Department of Health’s website or their local pharmacy or doctor’s office.