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FSU Students Must Get COVID-19 Test On Campus To Attend Home Football Games

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FSU students must get a COVID-19 test on campus, with negative results, in order to receive their requested football tickets on game day.

Florida State University students who want to attend home football games this season will have to get a COVID-19 test on campus. The school is implementing new restrictions after groups of students were seen violating safety protocols.

The new policy requires students to test negative for COVID-19 during the week prior to each football home game they plan to attend. The next home game for the Seminoles is against Jacksonville State on October 3rd.

Registration is now available online for the Tucker Center COVID-19 test site. Students who test negative will receive their requested tickets via email on game day.

“I know you all want to continue to be able to cheer on our team in person,” said FSU Athletics Director of David Coburn in an email to students. “To do that, it is critical that everyone follows health and safety protocols and do everything that we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Here are the stipulations for the next home game as outlined by Coburn:

  • Students who request tickets must be tested at the Tucker Center COVID-19 Test Site between 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The online registration window will open on Thursday, Sept. 24, to sign up for a mandatory COVID-19 test at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Students may sign up for testing here.
  • The Student Ticket Request Period runs from 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 29. Requests will not be accepted after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Students can request tickets here.
  • Students who are eligible to receive their requested ticket will be notified by Friday, Oct. 2, pending a negative test result. All test results are confidential and Athletics Department personnel do not have access to private medical information.
  • Tickets will be emailed to eligible students by 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
  • Students who do not get tested during the Monday – Wednesday window or who receive a positive COVID-19 test result will not be eligible for a ticket. Students who test positive will be contacted by FSU’s SAFER contact assessment team. Please keep in mind that a number of additional factors may also determine your eligibility for tickets, including student conduct code violations.
  • Students who already have a positive COVID-19 test result on file with the university but are no longer positive and have been officially cleared to be on campus are not required to test again to be eligible for football tickets. Students who test for the purpose of football tickets who are also selected for the randomized program that week may utilize the same test for both purposes. Due to privacy laws and regulations, we are only able to accept tests that have been completed through the campus testing program.

More information about game day policies can be found here.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.