ACC football is set to kick off next week, with several programs experimenting with limited fan attendance at their respective stadiums.
Though things may look different from day one, the conference has added a new twist in hopes of giving fans the sound of a “normal game-day in-venue experience.”
According to a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the ACC is allowing teams to use artificial crowd noise to replicate a normal game atmosphere.
The report – which was confirmed by the ACC – states that home teams will be allowed to use music and/or artificial crowd noise during games, though not at a level that “prohibits a team from hearing its signals once the offensive team breaks its huddle or, if no huddle, when the center addresses the ball.”
Should the noise grow too loud, officials will have the power to throw flags for delay-of-game or unsportsmanlike conduct.
“It has been approved that we can have crowd noise, so we actually pumped in crowd noise during the scrimmage,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s very disappointing to me and our players that we will not be able to have fans at our games in September.”
Various ACC schools have implemented different policies regarding fan attendance, with Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest opting to ban fans at least through September, while Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech will have a limited number of fans when their respective seasons kick off this month.
Would you be up for artificial crowd noise at Kroger Field this fall?