Tailgating banned at home football games, Longhorn Band won’t perform home opener, Texas Athletics says

Stephen Wagner

Texas Athletics will not permit tailgating at any home football game this fall, and the Longhorn Band will not perform at the Sept. 12 home opener against UTEP as part of UT’s COVID-19 safety measures, Texas Athletics announced Wednesday. 

UT’s new safety measures come one month after Texas Athletics announced masks and mobile ticketing would be required for fall 2020 football games at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium among other safety protocols. 

“As an update to previously announced guidelines for Texas Football gamedays, Texas Athletics is implementing additional safety measures at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in accordance with University leadership, Big 12 Conference, NCAA, and public health official guidelines,” Texas Athletics said in a statement. 

Texas Athletics announced last month that on-field performances of any kind would not be allowed. On Wednesday, it said the extent of the Longhorn Band’s participation at future home games will be determined at a later date as more data is gathered.

Texas Athletics will not host Bevo Blvd., Smokey’s Midway and Longhorn City Limits, three free game day experiences UT has hosted since 2018. The Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame will be closed to fans this fall, Texas Athletics said in the statement.

UT will also switch to cashless transactions, not allow spirit squads to use megaphones and eliminate “most on-field gameday elements including marching band performances, Hook 'Em Herd, and other on-field promotions.”