No Vuvuzelas Allowed

If you have been watching the FIFA World Cup lately, then you are all too familiar with the cacophonous blaring of the cylindrical horn known appropriately as the vuvuzela.

Notorious for its deafening roar, the vuvuzela is used as a morale booster by the fans. Unfortunately, it has the potential to impair your hearing permanently. According to a South African medical study, a vuvuzela can reach up to 120 decibels.

So, what would happen if these South African eardrum destroyers were brought to a college football game? Well, Adam Rittenberg recently blogged about an ambitious group of Ohio State students who are attempting to rally an army of vuvuzela blowers to attend the Nov. 13th football game against dear old State.

As of Tuesday night, the Facebook group stated that roughly 2,000 fans were willing to “make some noise” for the Nuts on gameday. The only problem is that the Big Ten won’t allow it (at least without a fight). The Big Ten “Nonpermissible Items” list includes irritants such as noisemakers.

Additionally, here is the list of items that are prohibited from Beaver Stadium in case you forgot.

  • Stadium chairs (chairs with backs) except those without pockets that can be rolled up
  • Alcoholic beverages of any type
  • Containers including cans/bottles/coolers/flasks. Bottled water is available at concession stands
  • Food
  • Bags, including diaper bags and purses larger than 8-1/2″ x 11″ x 11″, or backpacks
  • Umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Weapons, fireworks
  • Objects that may become missiles
  • Television sets other than handheld devices
  • Objects that obstruct view of other fans
  • Video cameras
  • Noisemakers (bells, whistles, sirens)
  • Poles, sticks (Except those to assist disabled guests)
  • Pets (Except animals to assist disabled guests)
  • Banners (Unless approved in advance by stadium management)
  • Bicycles (Except for police and EMS personnel)
  • The buzz of the vuvuzelas will have to remain in South Africa, but that’s okay. Our stadium gets plenty loud anyway.

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