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No bands allowed for classic games, SWAC announces band travel restrictions for 2021 spring season

The SWAC announced limited travel restrictions for bands during the 2021 spring football season.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Friday a revised policy related to its member institutions’ band travel and participation for the upcoming 2021 SWAC spring football season.

This upcoming season the conference will only permit the attendance of home team bands during football contests held at the designated home facility of league member institutions.

Visiting team bands will not be permitted to travel to regular-season contests. Additionally, games designated as classics along with games identified as neutral-site contests will be played with no bands in attendance from either team.

“As we began to make final preparations related to the kickoff of the Spring 2021 football season, it became imperative for us to make comprehensive decisions that take into full account where we are with the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland in a statement.

“During the process of making those decisions, it became abundantly clear that the elimination of all travel for SWAC member institutions bands was a significant step toward ensuring an optimal health and safety environment for the upcoming spring 2021 football season. The health, safety, and welfare of our students and student-athletes will continue to be the driving force behind all of our decisions related to athletic activities and events held within the Southwestern Athletic Conference during this global pandemic,” the commissioner added.

The revised band policy is currently only in effect for the 2021 spring football season.


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