Did you attend the Buffalo Bills versus Maimi Dolphins football game last Sunday, October 31st? If so, and you got into Highmark Stadium, that means you are fully vaccinated.

According to WIVB TV in Buffalo, in September it was announced that full vaccination would be required for anyone entering a Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres game. And that also extends to all other events planned at both venues. It previously was okay to enter with just one dose of a vaccine.

WIVB TV reports that the Buffalo Bills game paid attendance at Highmark Stadium was 69,355 with about one and a half percent of those people receiving a secondary documentation review. The report mentions that 258 people were turned away due to a lack of proper documentation. That means they are serious about enforcing this new rule. No one attempted to present a fake vaccination card according to the report.

And Buffalo isn't the only city with this requirement. WIVB TV mentions that football teams in Las Vegas, Seattle, and New Orleans also have the same requirements although Seattle and New Orleans will accept documentation of a negative test up to 72 hours before game time.

Should our local arenas and stadiums adopt the same rule? Would it impact attendance at Binghamton Black Bears hockey games or Rumble Ponies baseball games?

According to the Broome County Arena and Forum website, those in attendance must wear face masks in the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena regardless of vaccination status. But your vaccination status currently does not need to be presented when attending a game, but it could with other events.

WIVB-TV, Broome County Arena and Forum

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