Geddes, N.Y. — Foo Fighters fans headed to a Wednesday night concert at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater can opt for a pre-check of their Covid-19 vaccine or testing status on Tuesday to avoid long lines at the concert, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said today.
Those pre-checks — which will verify Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result — are meant to avoid long lines for the 15,000 to 20,000 people expected at the Wednesday night concert, McMahon said.
“Logistically it’s really important that the community who’s coming takes advantage of some of these things that we’re about to highlight, so that they can have their entry process expedited,” McMahon said. “This is our first real vax and text show.”
Unvaccinated people must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test conducted after 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, McMahon said. Qualifying tests include a PCR or rapid test. An over-the-counter test conducted at home will not count, he said.
On Tuesday, people can show proof of their complete vaccine status or their negative test status from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two places: The Orange Lot parking lot adjacent to the amphitheater or at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse.
On Wednesday, the Orange Lot at the concert site will open at 3 p.m. and people can begin an early check-in with their test or vaccine information.
Vaccinated people can show the Excelsior Pass, their vaccination card, or a photo of their vaccination card, he said. They must also bring government identification.
Once pre-cleared, the county will provide these concert-goers with a unique identifier that will allow them into the concert. McMahon declined to describe it, adding that it would be very hard to replicate.
The gates to the show will open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
McMahon acknowledged that it might be a challenge for some ticket holders to get a test and results in time for the concert. He urged them to plan now and get tested after 7 p.m. Monday.
To get into the concert, fans will have to pass through three checks: one involving Covid, one for security, and one for admission. People who get their Covid-19 status checked in advance can go straight to security, McMahon said.
The county executive asked that everyone do the following things to make sure the lines go quicker:
- Have your phones fully charged and at 100% brightness so the scanners can read them quickly
- Have lawn chairs out of their carry cases before reaching security
- Have all ticket and vaccine information ready to show before approaching staff
McMahon said there would be accommodations for people who do not have smart phones.
At a Pitbull and Iggy Azalea concert in late August, a bottleneck at the gates prompted authorities to open the gates and let a group of people in without checking tickets.
But Foo Fighters are requiring information about vaccinations or recent tests for admission. This extra step is being taken out of an abundance of caution as it is the best way to protect crew and fans, the band said.
Live Nation has said that artists can implement Covid-19 restrictions if they choose.
This will be Foo Fighters’ first time performing in Syracuse since a Landmark Theatre concert in 2000.
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