EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon Ducks fans are excited to get back to in-person games and tailgating, but there a few rules that the University of Oregon is implementing to keep fans safe.
University officials said they are asking all people on university property to wear a face covering and remain socially distanced. This is in accordance with university guidelines.
Inside Autzen Stadium, those 5 years old and older are required to wear a mask, and those 12 and up are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
One diehard Ducks fan and tailgater for 15 years, Dave Wood, told KEZI 9 News that he is excited to get back to Autzen. He said he is willing to follow all rules just so he can experience a Ducks game again.
“As long as we all can enjoy tailgating and watching the game and being at Autzen and be outside of Autzen. If those are the rules that we have to follow then it obviously wouldn't be as fun, but bottom line is that we still get to do those things that we enjoy doing,” Wood said.
Founder of TailgatePal Greg Wells said he isn’t sure how people will react when masking and tailgating come together this weekend. But having worked with UO on many of their games in the past, he said he isn’t worried about how tailgaters will act.
“I think the thing we're all curious about is we know you're supposed to be wearing a mask unless you're eating or drinking, but tailgating is really all about eating and drinking. Our staff will be wearing masks and trying to provide a safe environment, and the good news is we're outdoors, but everybody still needs to be careful,” said Wells.
Both Wells and Wood said they aren't worried about how Ducks fans will respond.
People who want to submit a negative COVID-19 test for the game must do so at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the earliest.