Back in August, The Las Vegas Raiders announced a vaccine mandate for fans attending their home games.
Fans are required to show proof of vaccination through CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature.
They also announced that they would provide vaccination for fans who were unvaccinated but wanted to attend games.
The Las Vegas Raiders will require all attendees at home games to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature, allowing fans to attend games without wearing a mask. The policy will take effect for the first regular season home game, September 13 against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The Raiders are the first team in the National Football League to announce a vaccine/no mask policy.
The Raiders implemented the change in accord with a new Emergency Directive from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak regarding large events. “Health and safety has always been our number one priority,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “After consultation with Governor Sisolak and other community leaders, this policy ensures that we will be able to operate at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the entire season,” Davis explained.
The Raiders will offer the opportunity for fans to receive vaccinations on site at Allegiant Stadium prior to Raiders home games, permitting newly vaccinated fans to enter wearing a mask.
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The vaccine mandate has caused some fans to simply not attend games.
It also has driven down second-hand ticket prices.
The cost of going to the Monday night regular-season Raiders home opener against the Ravens continues to fall, thanks in large part to a growing supply and less demand. And, at least some of the decreased demand could have to do with the decision to require proof of vaccinations for admission to Allegiant Stadium for Raiders’ games.
“There’s no question that there’s a lot of people that planned to go to this game on Monday night that will not be going because of this vaccination situation,” said KDWN’s ‘The Vegas Take’ host Brian Shapiro.
The sports insider says, regardless of how fans feel either way about the vaccine, the mandate for games could be having an influence on the resale ticket market.
“There are people out there that are selling their tickets and refuse to go to games because they refuse to get the vaccinations. Now, how many? I don’t know. But I can tell you I have a few friends of mine personally, that won’t be going to any games this year because of that alone,” he said.