Vuvuzelas have gained considerable attention since the World Cup began earlier this month, prompting many Big Ten football fans to consider bringing them to games to take the idea of a homefield advantage to a new level. Many people were immediately against this idea since vuvuzelas can be very annoying, as you probably have found out just by watching a little bit of the World Cup.â†µ
To those who were concerned with the possibility of having to wear ear plugs to games, no worries, because EDSBS got word from someone with the Big Ten that noisemakers like vuvuzelas are not allowed at games.â†µ
The Big Ten has specific policies that do not allow irritants or noisemakers, so vuvuzelas would not be allowed. Below is the specific language from our football game management manual.â†µ
A. Nonpermissible Items - The arena management is responsible for enforcing the Big Ten policies in this regard. The following items may not be brought into the arena by patrons: Alcoholic beverages, bottles, cans, cups or containers, irritants (e.g., noisemakers) or strobe lights. In addition, the facility may have additional restrictions on items that can be brought into the arena.â†µ
I'm not sure if this technically rules out the possibility of vuvuzelas for non-conference games, but I imagine stadiums have a pretty similar general policy for all games, regardless of if they're Big Ten-sanctioned or not.