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FSU students no longer required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending games

Florida State University
Posted at 3:00 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 15:00:21-04

TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Students at Florida State will no longer have to test negative for COVID-19 before attending football games at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The news was announced to students Friday, the message saying in part:

"Because of your diligence in following these guidelines, we have changed student football ticket procedures for the FSU-North Carolina game on October 17. While students are still highly encouraged to test for COVID-19 during the week prior to each football home game, testing will no longer be required to request student football tickets."

Despite the change, university officials said "it remains crucial that everyone continues to abide by all safety guidelines on game day — and every day."

They're also reminding students to continue to wear face coverings, comply with social distancing guidelines, wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.

In addition to the policy change, the entirety of FSU's Marching Chiefs will be allowed to perform at the FSU-UNC game on Saturday.

The student football ticket procedures for the October 17 game are as follows:

  1. Students who request tickets are encouraged to be tested at the Tucker Center COVID-19 Test Site between 9 a.m. Monday, October 12, and 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. The online registration window will open on Thursday, October 8, to sign up for a COVID-19 test at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Students may sign up for testing at Students should sign up before noon the day before or walk up.
  2. The Student Ticket Request Period runs from 5 p.m. Thursday, October 8, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 13. Students can request tickets at
  3. Students who are eligible to receive their requested ticket will be notified by Friday, October 16. Any test results are confidential and Athletics Department personnel do not have access to private medical information.
  4. Tickets will be emailed to eligible students by 12 p.m. Saturday, October 17.
  5. 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.

In addition, the following policies also will be strictly enforced on game days:

  1. Any fan who is not wearing a mask will be asked to put on a mask or leave the event.
  2. Any student who violates the University’s safety protocol will not have access to the ticket lottery system in the future.
  3. Students must sit in seats designated by a decal stating “SIT HERE”. Any student who is sitting or standing in an unauthorized location will be asked to move or leave the event.
  4. Tailgates will continue to be prohibited.