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COVID-19 robs Tennessee Vols of one of college football’s greatest traditions

The Tennessee Vols will play football in front of fans at Neyland Stadium this season, but it won’t be the Saturday experience that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in the fall.

Neyland will only be filled to 25 percent of its capacity (so around 25,600 fans, instead of 102,455 fans).

Seating capacity isn’t the only major change for Tennessee home games this fall, either.

The SEC released additional guidelines on Friday for the 2020 season and one of the major changes involves band performances.

Bands won’t be allowed on the field at any point. Instead, they’ll be relegated to the stands.

That means no halftime show from the Pride of the Southland Band. More importantly, it means no running through the T for the Volunteers.

Seeing the Vols run through the T is one of the greatest traditions in all of college football. When the T opens and the players run on the field, it’s an adrenaline-charged moment that excites nearly everyone in the stadium — even opposing fans.

It will certainly be weird seeing Tennessee simply walk/run onto the field this fall. But it’s going to be a weird fall either way.

In addition to no bands on the field, the SEC announced that bands won’t be allowed to travel to away games. That means no Rocky Top at South Carolina or Georgia this fall.

At least we’re getting to see SEC football this season, but it’s still disheartening we don’t get to see some of the great traditions that make college football so special.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports/Knoxville News Sentinal


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