Like Pauley Pavilion, the Rose Bowl will require new health and safety rules to attend UCLA football games.
Starting with the Oct. 23 home game versus Oregon, the Rose Bowl will now require fans 12 years or older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or receive a negative test within 72 hours of the event. The order comes into effect in Pasadena starting on Oct. 7, meaning Saturday’s matchup with Arizona State will be unaffected.
Last Word on College Football was the first to report the new health order.
The city of Pasadena is requiring at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before Nov. 4 to attend “mega-events” such as UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl, but after that date, all spectators must show proof of double vaccination status.
“Self-attestation cannot be used as a method to verify an attendee’s status as fully vaccinated or as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result,” said Pasadena health officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh Tuesday to the Pasadena Star-News.
There had been a mask mandate in place for all fans at the Rose Bowl, but enforcement of and adherence to the policy was not exactly persistent. Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo told Last Word on College Football the overwhelming number of people not following the rule made it difficult to enforce on Sept. 20.
On Sep. 13, Santa Clara County had implemented a vaccination health order for games at Stanford Stadium. Last week in Palo Alto at the game between UCLA and Stanford, Bruin fans who attended went through a similar process to what the Rose Bowl will administer moving forward.
When UCLA women’s volleyball took on USC last week, Pauley Pavilion required vaccination or a negative test, becoming the first athletics event in Westwood to enact the new orders put in place for indoor events on Sept. 17.
Looking ahead to UCLA sporting events, fans planning to attend should prepare ahead of time for the health guidelines of both Los Angeles County and the city of Pasadena. Bringing vaccination cards and/or proof of negative tests is becoming the norm for the time being.