In an e-mail sent earlier this evening to several members of the Yale Precision Marching Band, Tim Wheaton, associate director of athletics at Harvard, said that vuvuzelas will not be allowed at The Game this Saturday.
“It has become apparent that some individuals intend to use artificial noisemakers to both disrupt play on the field and detract from the overall fan experience for many spectators. In keeping with Department of Athletics’ commitment to conduct athletic contests in a manner that promotes good sportsmanship, artificial noisemakers will not be permitted inside the ticketed footprint of Harvard Stadium for the upcoming Harvard vs. Yale football game. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.”
This comes in response to the complaints of various YPMB members, who argued that their performance during the halftime show would not be heard by the audience, and athletes, who feared they would not be able to communicate during The Game. At least Harvard managed to do one thing right.
CLARIFICATION: 7:41 p.m.
The e-mail was also sent to other members of the Yale and Harvard communities besides just those involved with the YPMB.