LSU is banning opponents' marching bands from performing at halftime
For the schools who regularly visit Death Valley, they can start leaving the band at home (well, most of it).
Ross Dellenger of The Advocate is reporting that LSU will no longer allow opposing bands to march at Tigers Stadium during halftime.
“It’s a safety issue,” team spokesman Michael Bonnette told The Advocate. “We don’t have room down there for both bands. In order for bands to perform at half, they’ve got to come down to the field before the first half ends. That’s a lot of people on the sideline.”
SEC foes affected by the new policy in 2016 include Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss and Alabama. Dellenger notes that the co-director of the Crimson Tide’s Million Dollar Band has already stated the school will likely only send a small pep band in place of the full band for UA’s Nov. 5 trip to Baton Rouge.
Jacksonville State band director Ken Bodiford told WFSA in Montgomery that travel, accommodations and food for the band’s trip to Tiger Stadium would cost $120,000 – too big of an expense to take on without a performance. JSU plays LSU on Sept. 10, the Tigers’ home opener.