The school said its decision was made “to reduce the queues and waiting times at entry points” but it encouraged fans to “do a self-assessment before going to the game to check for Covid-19 symptoms” .
LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson told the Washington Post that most fans had completed the screening and had it ready for gatekeepers, but the process was “awkward” and time-consuming for those who had both the screening results and the Tickets would also have to be shown digitally on their mobile phones. Munson said other fans did not do the screening and would have to step away from the lines and try to fill out the questionnaire while looking at the spotty cellular coverage around Tiger Stadium.
“The main concern at the gates is that it becomes a chokepoint,” Munson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning.
In accordance with LSU stadium procedures and guidelines, sections describing Covid-19 screening have been crossed out, indicating that the requirement was deleted on September 28th. The announcement stated that ticket holders aged 18 and over must undergo CDC Facilities Covid 19 screening. This could also be done using the mobile LSU sports app. Fans were then directed to the four screening questions on the CDC website. The questions can be answered in less than a minute.
“We closely monitored all aspects of the game day with the new protocols and knew that there was room for improvement,” Munson said in a press release on Monday. “Among the numerous tweaks and adjustments, fan observations and data highlighted five main areas for changes to our procedures and some areas of focus for fans.”
Alcohol sales are now also allowed in the Tiger Stadium. Fans who buy alcohol must wear masks that cover their noses and mouths, and consume in their seats rather than standing areas.
In its announcement on Monday, the LSU noted that fans who wore masks over their mouths and nose at the start of the season “wore these masks in corridors, concessions and toilet lines. However, a large percentage of fans removed their masks while sitting in their seats at Tiger Stadium. LSU Athletics reminds fans to wear their masks on their seats. The officials also reminded fans to stay in their seats and “improve the surveillance of the seats.”
Munson said LSU had more Tiger Stadium employees on matchday, 25 percent at the start of the season than ever at full capacity. He added that fans took their masks off for a number of reasons, including the heat and humidity, as well as fans being too comfortable with how far apart they were. However, there have been no reported incidents of fans refusing to put their masks back on, and there have been no reports of fans who attended the game and subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus, Munson said.
The Tigers had an outbreak on their team. Manager Ed Orgeron said last month that “most of our players” caught the coronavirus and have recovered.
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