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McNeese Announces No Vax Proof Needed to Enter Cowboy Stadium

Fans will be allowed to enter Cowboy Stadium this season without proof of COVID-19 vaccination. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

As of Wednesday, Cowboy Stadium is shot free.

A day after LSU announced it would only allow fans to enter Tiger Stadium with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test for the virus done within 72 hours prior to kickoff, McNeese State officials said they will not be following suit.

Both President Dr. Daryl Burckel and Athletic Director Heath Schroyer said Wednesday that McNeese is moving forward as planned with no restrictions for the season opener on Sept. 4 at home against West Florida.

“We are looking forward to our Friday night tailgate event and our first home game,” Schroyer said.

McNeese officials said they will continue to monitor the situation.

On Tuesday, LSU became the first Southeastern Conference and third Power Five school — Oregon and Oregon State were the first — to announce the COVID vaccine policy.

“We have the best fans in college football and we are doing everything we can to ensure their experience in Tiger Stadium this fall is safe and enjoyable,” LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said in a statement.

The Superdome last week made a similar entry requirement for Saints and Tulane games.

LSU’s first home game will be played on Sept. 11 against McNeese.

Any Cowboys fan wanting a refund for the game at LSU needs to call the McNeese ticket office 562-4678 by 5 p.m. Friday.

Cowboys head coach Frank Wilson said Tuesday that his team is about 50 percent vaccinated and that more were working on it.

“We have nobody in the protocol right now, but you always have to worry about an outbreak happening,” Wilson said. “You don’t want that to disrupt your season so we are following all the protocols.

“We are not going to make our plays get the vaccinations. We are educating them as best we can and leaving that decision up to them and their parents.”

The team has turned its attention from preseason to in-season work, beginning a two-week prep for West Florida. That means more game-type work, especially for those on the two-deep depth chart, Wilson said.

“Those who will take the field for that game will get more snaps,” he said. “We are turning our attention to the opponent.”

McNeese will play a mock game Saturday with players in helmets only.

One area Wilson said he has been particularly pleased with is the offensive line. He said the Cowboys added a lot of talent and depth to that group after suffering through injuries and opt outs in the spring.

“Our offensive line has come together nicely,” Wilson said. “I like they way they are looking.”

Written by Jim Gazzolo

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