Saints will not issue refund to 2021 ticket holders who refuse COVID-19 test, vaccination

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic — which is once again surging due to the delta variant — the New Orleans Saints aren’t taking any chances. The organization has recently instituted a policy that requires fans to either be vaccinated for show proof of a negative PCR text within 72 hours for attempting to enter the Superdome in 2021, and those allowed in will still be required to wear a mask. They’re taking their precautions one step further though, also announcing a policy that will directly impact the pockets of fans who’ve already purchased tickets for the upcoming season.

If you’re a Saints ticket holder and refuse the COVID-19 vaccination or test, you’ll not only be barred from entering the Superdome, but you also won’t get a refund on your ticket — i.e., follow their safety protocol or take the monetary loss.

“We’ve received all necessary local and state approvals to host a full stadium of fans and with that in mind, we are not offering a refund or opt out option this season,” Saints Senior VP of Communications Greg Bensel told WDSU Channel 6 News. “We remain optimistic that, with our community’s help and as vaccination rates increase, these restrictions will no longer be necessary as the season progresses. However, if you don’t plan on attending games this season, we’d recommend that you resell your individual game tickets on SeatGeek, which has a strong secondary market for Saints tickets.”

The Saints battled vehemently in 2020 for the right to return fans to the stands, going so far as to lock horns with government officials and, as such, they’d prefer to avoid moving backwards in that fight. There mandate is similar, albeit not the same, as what the Raiders have now put in place — requiring proof of vaccination to attend home games at Allegiant Stadium but not requiring fans wear a mask once they’re inside. 

So if you’re a Saints fan, you have every right to stay home, but say goodbye to what you paid for that ticket.

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