Denver’s Ball Arena, Paramount Theatre will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test

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If you’re planning to see a hockey or basketball game at Ball Arena or attend a concert at Paramount Theatre, be prepared to show proof you’re vaccinated against COVID-19.

Starting Nov. 10, both Denver venues will require all event attendees, working staff and team personnel to show proof of vaccination, operator Kroenke Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday. The venues will also accept a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event. The rules apply to anyone over age 12 and are in place until further notice, KSE said.

Additionally, staff and attendees will be required to wear a face mask at all times inside Ball Arena or Paramount Theatre, except while eating and drinking, the company said.

“The decision to institute these protocols for all events reinforces KSE’s continued commitment to ensure that the health, safety and wellness of our fans, frontline workers, staff, performers and athletes is our top priority,” said Matt Hutchings, executive vice president and chief operating officer, noting the company consulted local, state and federal government officials and health agencies as well as national sports leagues for guidance.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be verified at the entrance to each venue, Hutchings added.

Ball Arena and Paramount Theatre are just the latest event spaces to employ such safety protocols. Since the summer, independently owned restaurants and music venues in Colorado have instituted their own vaccine protocols in response to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. Since Oct. 1, concert promoter AEG has required fans to show proof of vaccination to attend events at its venues nationwide. Similarly, Live Nation requires proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

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