LSU caught some flak this past week for announcing it would not allow opposing bands to perform on the field at Tiger Stadium at halftime, citing safety reasons. The pageantry of SEC football in particular was seemingly lost in this necessary but still frustrating decision.
Reports surfaced Tuesday LSU was working on a potential solution. Wednesday, LSU announced the return of opposing bands playing on the field at halftime of games for the 2016 season.
LSU along with the athletic department and office of risk management announced a new plan to allow for both bands, should the opposing band travel, to perform on the field at Tiger Stadium.
LSU announced it would reconfigure seating in the south end zone so visiting fans can take a more direct route to the field. The LSU band will also perform first, allowing the opposing band to have more time to get to the field and ease congestion around that entrance.
“There are serious safety issues to consider in adopting the proper plan for on-field performances by visiting bands,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva in a press release. “When both our band and the visiting band are scheduled to perform, there’s the possibility of having over 600 additional people converging onto already crowded sidelines while the game is in progress. There are legitimate safety concerns that can affect our student-athletes, so we have developed a plan to insure a more secure environment for everyone.”
The decision to end opposing band performances on the field was certainly a hard, but necessary decision considering the safety concerns and space limitations on the field.
But it was also clear from the outcry that many wanted something done to return the bands to the field. Fortunately for them, LSU found a way to make this happen.