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Nearly 300 football fans received their first coronavirus vaccination shot ahead of the National Football League (NFL) team Las Vegas Raiders’ overtime win over their peer team Baltimore Ravens at the Allegiant Stadium on September 13th.

The ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ stated that according to the Raiders, 287 fans got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine outside of the stadium on gameday.

The first National Football League (NFL) game happened at the Allegiant Stadium (US) on September 13th night between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens which the Raiders won in a crazy game in overtime.

The 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium located in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It serves as the home stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team.

The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference West division.

The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, US. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference North division. The team plays its home games at the 71,008-capacity M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland.

The ‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ further stated that fans are required to show proof of vaccination to attend Raiders home games this season at the $2 billion facility, which recently held its first regular season NFL game with fans in attendance at the showpiece stadium – ‘Death Star’.

Fans who are fully vaccinated are allowed to attend without a mask, while those who are partially vaccinated, like the fans that chose to receive their first dose on September 13th at the stadium, are allowed to attend but must wear a mask. Children under 12, who aren’t yet eligible to receive the vaccination, can also attend Raiders games wearing a mask.

After the Raiders announced the vaccine requirement last month, fans accounting for 1,800 season tickets opted to receive a refund or to roll over their 2021 funds to 2022, according to Raiders owner Mark Davis.

Additionally, over 10,000 fans utilized the alternate screening option onsite at Allegiant Stadium at which they could provide proof of vaccination to receive a wrist band allowing them entry into the game.

The NFL team Buffalo Bills announced on September 14th that they would also institute a vaccine requirement to attend their home games at the 71,870-capacity Highmark Stadium in New York (US). Vaccinated fans, including those who are partially vaccinated, will be allowed to attend without a mask.

Partially vaccinated fans will be allowed to attend games until October 31st, after which the team will require all fans be fully vaccinated. Neither the Raiders nor the Bills offer a negative COVID test option for fans to skip the vaccine protocol.

The NFL teams New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks also have vaccine requirements in place, but both organizations allow for fans to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the game as a secondary option to attend games.

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