Racing Louisville FC hosted 3,742 fans Monday night at its game against the North Carolina Courage, about 50 of whom were at Lynn Family Stadium in part to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The game served as Kentucky’s first vaccine pop up site at a sporting event, and Gov. Andy Beshear stopped by to mark the occasion.
“I am so proud of this organization and this team for everything they are doing to help Kentuckians,” Beshear told reporters. “They’ve been in our commercials. They’ve been here doing this pop up vaccination clinic.
“…This is where we have to get. We have to get to a place where it’s convenient no matter what you’re doing. There’s an opportunity to get vaccinated. I’m proud of this program.”
In addition to the 50 or so who made vaccine appointments, Lexington-based Wild Health accepted some walk up vaccination patients.
Those who received a dose also got free admission. If fans already had a ticket, they were offered a voucher to a future Racing game.
With vaccines widely available now to those ages 16 and up, Beshear said Kentucky has entered an “incentive phase” of the process.
“This is just showing how much this team cares about the community and how they’re willing to put their resources behind it,” he said. “It’s time to get creative. We have to defeat this virus, and so we will do whatever it takes. We’re asking business and we’re asking organizations to step up and find a way to get more involved.”
These are the events that will save lives and make a difference in our battle against COVID-19. Thank you to @RacingLouFC for joining the 2.5 million vaccine #TeamKentucky Vaccination Challenge by hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic at tonight's game. We're in this together. pic.twitter.com/il6t6ttIhB— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) April 26, 2021
Governor Beshear: “It’s my first sporting event in 14 months!” pic.twitter.com/2in1yI61UV— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) April 26, 2021