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Masks will be required at SummerSlam, proof of vaccination for Madison Square Garden SmackDown

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With the spread of COVID-19 again concerning public health officials nationwide, two upcoming WWE shows have new requirements for fans planning to attend in-person.

As we wrote about last week, Nevada has reinstated mask mandates for most of its counties - including Clark, which includes the Las Vegas area. Allegiant Stadium posted a statement on their website clarifying that means fans will need to be masked for all events there. This would include WWE SummerSlam on Sat., Aug. 21.

Allegiant Stadium takes the health and safety of its guests, employees and staff very seriously. In response to rising COVID-19 cases, and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Nevada Emergency Directive 047, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face mask while inside the stadium.

The State of Nevada & CDC do not currently require proof of vaccination to attend events.

Allegiant Stadium’s COVID-19 protocols are subject to change as additional information is discovered or provided by the State of Nevada & the CDC.

Individual events held at Allegiant Stadium may also implement heightened COVID-19 protocols, so please read all correspondence regarding an individual event carefully.

New York City yesterday (Aug. 3) became one of the first U.S. cities to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities like dining, workout facilities, and other businesses. This will encompass indoor venues like Madison Square Garden, the site of Fri. Sept. 10 SmackDown headlined by John Cena. From the venue’s event page:

Guests will need to be fully vaccinated for WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown at The Garden, meaning the event must be at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. The only exception is for children under the age of 16, who may provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test or full vaccination and are accompanied by a vaccinated adult. For more information, please visit

It’s not clear if NYC’s mandate will effect AEW’s Sept. 22 “Grand Slam” edition of Dynamite at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens. The building is open-air with a retractable roof. A source at New York City Hall told Mat Men’s Andrew Zarian:

“Additional guidance will be provided soon regarding outdoor stadiums. Many if not most have indoor portions that would fall under the definition of indoor dining/entertainment.”

Stay safe out there, everybody.