The reduced crowds that attend SEC games this fall should not expect the typical pageantry that accompanies major college football.
The SEC announced Friday that school bands will be restricted from performing on field before games and during halftime. The league added, “The policy will be revised during the year based on developments around COVID-19.”
The SEC also said visiting bands would be prohibited from attending games at other SEC stadiums if their fan capacity was limited. Whether bands travel to neutral-site games remains up to individual schools.
The restrictions on bands were some of several guidelines the conference released as the start of its season Sept. 26 begins to come into focus.
The conference said press boxes will be kept at 50 percent capacity, post-game news conferences will be conducted virtually and access to sidelines will be restricted. The SEC also told schools that they must provide a minimum of 500 lower-bowl tickets to the visiting school, even given reduced capacities in venues.
Alabama released its own game-day rules earlier this month that limited Bryant-Denny Stadium capacity to 20 percent, required all fans to wear masks and banned tailgating.
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.