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Oregon, Oregon State will require vaccination proof to attend games

Oregon offensive lineman George Moore, left, and receiver Devon Williams celebrate a touchdown in this Nov. 21, 2020 file photo. The University of Oregon and Oregon State university will require proof of vaccination to attend games this season.(Sean Meagher /The Oregonian/OregonLive)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon and Oregon State became the first Power Five schools to announce they will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for people over the age of 12 to attend football games.

In its announcement Friday, Oregon said the decision was made with public health authorities and “peer institutions in the state.”

The mandate goes into effect Monday and comes at the end of a week when state officials warned of rapidly filling hospitals as daily reported cases reached record numbers.

Oregon is one of several Pac-12 schools that is requiring students and employees to be vaccinated or apply for an exemption.

The Oregon football team opens its season at 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 4 against Fresno State. Oregon State begins its home schedule at Reser Stadium on Sept. 11 against Hawaii.

Earlier in the day, Hawaii became the first major college football school to say it would have no fans in attendance for its opening sports events of the season because of a recent COVID-19 surge. Hawaii’s first home football game is Sept. 5 against Portland State.

The moves come about a week after Tulane in New Orleans became the first school that plays football at the NCAA"s highest subdivision to require proof of vaccine or negative test to attend sporting events.

Tulane's decision followed a mandate set by city officials that also impacts the NFL's Saints, but schools officials said they were moving toward instituting the policy on their own.