Referee Rushes Into Stands, Makes a Line Right for the Marching Band

Fans watching Saturday night’s college football game between the Air Force Academy and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas saw more than just a Rebel Air Force blowout at UNLV’s Allegiant Stadium.

They saw a referee go into the stands to personally confront the home team’s marching band — apparently for playing while the Air Force Falcons were on offense.

According to Fox News, the incident occurred during a TV break that halted play with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. During the break referee Steve Baron climbed into the stands and spoke to the musicians.

Others tweeted videos of the referee stepping into the stands.


The referee storms into the stands and makes a line for the marching band

The marching band appeared to violate Mountain West Conference rules on when to play during games and continued playing during the Falcons’ offensive drives, Sporting News reported.

“Bands are prohibited from playing during game action or at any time that disturbs participants. Pregame, postgame, timeouts, halftime, between quarters, or other pauses in action are allowable times for band activity,” according to Fox in the Mountain West Conference rules.

“In football, if the team breaks through the scrum with the ball until the end of the game, the bands must stop play. If a team is playing a no-huddle offensive, the band may not play at any time during offensive possession,” the rules read.

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What surprised many, however, was that Baron decided to actually take to the stands himself.

“What sets this scene apart from the norm is that Baron found it necessary to use the TV timeout to climb all the way up to the stands to address the issue, rather than climb into the PA system to deal with it instructing the band to calm down face to face,” noted Sporting News.

Some on Twitter poked fun at the commotion.

“Never seen that before. The referee was so severe as to give the UNLV band detention,” one user wrote.


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“Look, it’s 42-7 Air Force. Maybe the referee should tell UNLV to START playing,” wrote another user.

The music didn’t seem to be an obstacle for the Air Force, however, as they were already leading the game 35-7 when Baron went into the stands.

The end result was Falcons 42, Rebels 7.

With this win, the Falcons are now 5-2 for the season.

Meanwhile, the loss brought UNLV up to 4-3. Referee Rushes Into Stands, Makes a Line Right for the Marching Band

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