BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Football is back on the Bluff for the first time since the pandemic started, but for one day only and Jags fans will notice a different look.
“It’s very exciting. It’s been 13 months in what amounts to three semesters with no football,” said Dr. Trayvean Scott, Southern University Deputy Athletics Director.
Dr. Trayvean Scott says gameday at A.W. Mumford Stadium won’t look like it has in the past.
Fans, staff, and the football team will wear face masks and social distancing is a priority.
The stadium will stay around 25% capacity, not exceeding 9,000 fans. Tickets won’t be sold on game day and there’s no tailgating.
The Human Jukebox will be there, but on the vistor’s side.
“We want to make sure the fans are able to social distance in the stands correctly so they can get the full game experience. So with another band not being able to come to the stadium, we will be able to play to our home crowd so they can actually hear the band perform,” said Kedric Taylor, Southern University Director of Bands.
This will be the band’s first performance since Mardi Gras 2020, but there won’t be a halftime show because of social distancing.
Despite those changes, the tradition of HBCU football will still reunite many in the Jaguar family.
“We’re just gonna hit the pause button ever so slightly until we can readjust ourselves that as a nation, as a state, and an institution that we’ve successfully moved passed the horrors of COVID,” said Dr. Scott.
Kickoff for the game against University of Arkansas Pine Bluff is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Southern University.