The Western Pennsylvania high school season culminates every year with an opportunity for the players, coaches and parents to attend the WPIAL championship games at Heinz Field.
It is a privilege for those teams that have played well all season. It is also an honor for the marching bands, color guards and dance teams that have worked equally as hard.
Those students in the bands and associated organizations have a camp, practice diligently, perform in competitions and work hard all year to hone their performance. They, too, should be given the opportunity to display their talents on the field at Heinz Field.
However, last Saturday the bands, while allowed to play, were relegated to a stationary performance on a sideline tarp. The reason that was given for this policy was that the band tends to “chew up the field.” More so than a 300-pound NFL player? More so than a wide receiver changing directions while running at full speed? I would disagree.
I think common sense also tells us this is not true. It is time the Rooneys, the WPIAL and the crew at Heinz Field revisit this policy to allow everyone associated with the championship events to enjoy what they have worked so hard for all season.