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College Football Starts Saturday With New Protocols For Fans

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College football season starts in earnest this Saturday. For people attending home games in Eugene or Corvallis this year, the experience will be different fom what they’re used to.


Football fans will file into Autzen Stadium on Saturday for the first time since November 2019 as the Ducks take on Fresno State. The Beavers open their season on the road at Purdue, and will play their first home game on September 11 against Hawaii. 

Both OSUand the University of Oregon will require everyone 12 and older to either show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test from within three days prior to kickoff. Both schools say to arrive early, as the verification procedures will add time to the entry process. 

All fans aged five and above will be required to wear face masks except when eating or drinking. The U of O also says concessions will be limited due to supply chain and staffing issues.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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