Posted February 26, 2014

More music coming to 2014 SEC games

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The SEC hopes music between plays will add to the in-game atmosphere at games.

The SEC hopes music between plays will add to the stadium atmosphere at games. (Dave Martin/AP)

SEC fans might notice something different during their college football games next season: more music.

Beginning in 2014, SEC stadiums will be allowed to blast music in between plays during games. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald the league has relaxed its music policy to cultivate the atmosphere for fans. McGarity is a member of a group of SEC administrators that studies marketing and promotions for its events.

Schools were always allowed to use their bands to pump up the crowd in between plays, but the SEC will now allow music to be played through stadium speakers during drives. McGarity said the policy opens up the possibility of music on big third-down plays and other important moments in the game, something other conferences already do.

McGarity used the example of Georgia’s opening game at Clemson in 2013.

“They were able to do things in the ACC that we were not in the SEC,” McGarity said. “The rules have changed now for 2014 where we’re able to utilize songs and music up until the point when the quarterback gets over the ball. That’s a big change in the in-game atmosphere.”

Student attendance has been a major issue at many SEC schools in recent years, and McGarity said he hopes policies like this will have a positive impact on fans.

14 comments
wwlsec
wwlsec

@CuzzinBailey ; compmletely - it's college football people not American Idol hour!!!

JRTENN
JRTENN

Wow...great (yeah, right)  More music is what you need to make a more enjoyable, competitive, and good-for-the-players and spectators conference. Especially as Missouri and Alabama take over as the powerhouses.

JamesTeasdale
JamesTeasdale

Oh God, Now we'll be hearing "Rocky Top" and "Sweet Home Alabama" in the toilets when we go take a whiz at halftime...


mfried
mfried

This is such an awful practice!  I want to go to a COLLEGE football game.  The in-stadium experience continues to increase in its assault on the senses.  Give us football and a collegiate atmosphere.  Not a homogenized, manufactured product of a DJ.  As attendance concerns rise, college football is abandoning what has made it such a great product.

wwlsec
wwlsec

@ConnerNA @CuzzinBailey it makes it cheesy - we don't want that! I go to a game to be entertained by the game! Let the game stand on its own

Aggie1981
Aggie1981

@mfried More university bands! Less sound system! I can get the sound system in my car, IPOD, home, or anywhere else. University bands are part of the uniqueness of the experience.

wwlsec
wwlsec

@CuzzinBailey I'm all for making the game experience better - but I think with some of this stuff - we're just getting carried away with it.

CuzzinBailey
CuzzinBailey

@wwlsec I want to be as far removed from ACC football as humanly possible. FSU is the dregs of college sports starting with their qb.

wwlsec
wwlsec

@CuzzinBailey now we both know the ACC has struggled (in ftbl) for yrs up until recent. So, they had to do something to mix it up.

CuzzinBailey
CuzzinBailey

@wwlsec Totally agree. Piping in music in the middle of a set of downs is bush league. the argument that 'the ACC does it' doesnt work 4 me