The SEC released its gameday protocols for attendees this past week, including mask-wearing at all times while inside stadium facilities for ticket holders and employees. The SEC left many mandates up to individual schools, including whether or not tailgating will take place, but mask-wearing is a conference-wide rule.
Although we do not know what Kroger Field will look like come October, or how many people will be there (if any at all), we do know that whoever does end up there will be wearing a mask.
But fear not, BBN, there are plenty of things you can still enjoy while wearing a mask, and even a few advantages it may present.
Sports are back. You are watching a game (in-person!!!). Be thankful. If you are sitting at Kroger Field in October, you probably won’t be thinking about the mask on your face. You will probably be basking in the glory of Grove Street Party and yelling “It’s a party” way too loud. Or is that just me who does that?
Remember all those months there were no sports? Yeah, a mask is a small price to pay.
You can say things you normally couldn’t. A UGA fan gets a little too close or says something obnoxious? A referee makes a horrible call? Say whatever you please (within reason). No one could ever know, they can’t see your lips. You are quite literally wearing a mask, your identity partially hidden.
Did someone hear an expletive coming from your mouth? Blame it on someone else. They really can’t pinpoint it to you. Oh, sweet freedom.
The stinky sweat smells are reduced. Those of us who have ever been to Kroger Field knows that sometimes there can be a certain stench that is unpleasant. Whether it be of stale beer that someone literally spilled on your head (I know I’m not the only one that this has happened to) or someone next to you who went too hard during pre-game activities and ended up a sweaty mess with B.O. to match, your mask can assist in keeping that stink out.
I hate the smell of beer, a favorite of college tailgaters, particularly those in the cheapest price range. With a mask, this can be less of an issue.
You can enjoy the ‘Cats. This group of Wildcats with an all-SEC lineup is gonna be a good one. It’s a historical season either way in one of the craziest years in recent history. Even if you are wearing a mask, it’s time for football in the Bluegrass.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just happy to be here.