New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Gameday policies announced for Yale Bowl

- By Michael Fornabaio

As Yale gets back to full athletic activity after the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has instituted some new policies and continued some from 2019 as the football team prepares to return to the Bowl on Sept. 18 against Holy Cross.

Full informatio­n is posted at YaleBulldo­, but a few policies to know:

Um, pandemic. Yale is requiring masks for unvaccinat­ed fans and ask those experienci­ng any of the familiar COVID-19 symptoms — fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea — to stay home.

Digital First Ticketing. Fans can add etickets to a digital wallet at YaleBulldo­ They’ll also get a PDF attachment with printable tickets. Parking passes ($20 for Harvard, $10 for the other games) are also available online. There’s no re-entry to games on the same ticket.

Clear bags, and what to leave out: The school will enforce a clear-bag policy inside the Bowl (and sell you one for $5 at the door on game days) but will have a free bag-check service outside Gate C. The same policy will be in effect at men’s and women’s basketball games and men’s and women’s hockey games this season.

Prohibited inside the Bowl, even in clear bags: alcohol, coolers, noisemakin­g devices, tobacco, weapons, animals except for service animals, and “any item deemed dangerous or inappropri­ate.”

Tailgate: Tailgating is allowed in parking lots for the three hours ending at kickoff. Permitted: gas grills (20-pound cylinders or less), alcoholic beverages (but not kegs, and no glass containers, and underage drinking is obviously not permitted), tables, chairs and pop-up tents.

“Open fires fueled by charcoal, wood or any other combustibl­e materials of any kind” are prohibited, as are box trucks, amplified music and electric or gas generators.

Or take the bus: Yale’s athletic department will run a free bus for the school community, round trip from Payne Whitney Gymnasium to the Bowl.

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