Cotton Bowl could adapt ‘Battle of the Bands’ because of COVID spike


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Million Dollar Band
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By WVUA 23 Sports

The traditional “Battle of the Bands”, the annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl event that’s become a fan-favorite, could look significantly different in 2021.

“Cheerleaders, the bands — all those folks — they have the option not to attend,” said Ken Capps, reporter for<span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)” data-ogsb=”rgb(255, 255, 255)”> the Football Writers Association of America.</span> “Both teams every year, the bands and the cheer squads, are just so fan friendly. They’re always taking pictures with everybody, and they just love all the little kids that come out there. So I’m really hoping that that stays.”

The “Battle of the Bands” is scheduled for Thursday afternoon outside of AT&T Stadium.

Dallas resident Ben McConnell, who is an Alabama fan and graduate of the school (Class of 1986) is not sure what the “fan-events” that typically lead up to Friday’s game will look like. McConnell has already noticed at least one distinct difference, as the College Football Playoff Semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati draws near.

“I haven’t seen one ‘Cincinnati’ car in town. Today is Wednesday, and I’ve been driving a lot,” McConnell said. “I’ve seen no cars with flags or anything on it, and we’re 48 hours and less, counting to kickoff.”

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl “Battle of the Bands” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. The event will take place at AT&T Stadium’s “Miller Lite House”, which is located at the West Plaza of the stadium.

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