UFC sold-out, first full capacity event since the pandemic began in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The UFC event happening this Saturday at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena is a sellout. About 15,000 fans are expected to make their way inside for a stacked card including three title fights.

This will be the first full capacity indoor event happening in over a year.

And with that comes risks, which is why UFC is partnering with CLEAR to make sure everyone fills out and passes a COVID-19 screening.

Event attendees will be able to download the Health Pass app by CLEAR to fill out the COVID-19-related health questionnaire.

“Everybody wants to get back to live sports, live events. We can’t wait to do it. We want more people in there as soon as possible but we want to make sure we do it in a responsible way,” Catesby Perrin, EVP of Growth at CLEAR.

Fans will be asked questions about possible recent exposure to COVID-19, symptoms, and others. There will be no questions about being vaccinated.

Perrin explains, “This question that we put in place with the UFC is simply about symptom screening.”

If you get a red pass, UFC says you will not be allowed inside the event and will offer a refund.

We asked our medical expert, Dr. Michelle Aquino, about the screening.

“It’s a good start. I appreciate what they are trying to do I just think it’s kind of tough to enforce if someone is not honest on it that’s my only issue with it.”

Fans have also been warned in part, “An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather…You assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness...which may result in severe and permanent damage to their health… including, but not limited to, death…”

The UFC will also be giving out face masks at the door and is strongly encouraging everyone to wear them.

To download the Health Pass, follow UFC’s instructions below:

  • Download and Enroll at Home: Fans download the free CLEAR app directly from CLEAR (or from the App store for iOS devices or Google Play store for Android devices) and open the Health Pass feature, select their event, and then verify their identity by uploading an identifying document and snapping a quick selfie. Learn More Here.
  • Confidential Health Questionnaire: Verified ticket holders will then be presented with a brief series of health-related questions designed to reveal if they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Touchless Access: Depending on their COVID-related health information, fans are issued a red or green notification on their Health Pass app.
  • Privacy First: With CLEAR, you are always in control of your information. The venue only receives confirmation a fan has satisfied the requirements for access with the equivalent of a red light or green light signal — and never has access to an individual’s private health details.

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