Not only will Mississippi State fans have a newly renovated stadium in 2014, they will also get more cowbell.
The Southeastern Conference amended its artificial noisemaker policy during its annual meetings in Destin, Fla., on Friday which will allow Bulldog fans to clang a little longer.
Under the revised ruling “the use of institutionally-controlled, computerized sound systems (including music), institutionally-controlled artificial noisemakers, and traditional institutional noisemakers at any time, except from the time the offensive center is over the football until the play is whistled dead” will be permitted.
“This proposal will enhance the fan experience and provide institutions with the flexibility to appeal to their fans by the use of musical and institutionally-controlled noise,” the SEC said in a statement.
The use of artificial noisemakers was banned by the conference from 1974-2010. MSU fans have been allowed to bring in cowbells to Davis Wade Stadium for the past three seasons but were only permitted to ring them during pregame, halftime, after scores and postgame.
State was fined following the 2010 and 2013 seasons for violating this policy. The Bulldogs latest fine was $25,000 and could face up to a $50,000 penalty for a third offense.