World Cup Blog: Vuvuzelas On a Plane

6 Jul

Editor’s note: Venues Today magazine has hired University of Florida student Philip Costa to write about his trip to South Africa with students from George Mason University.

If you’ve watched any World Cup games this year, you’ve probably wondered why there is a swarm of bees in the ESPN studio. There’s also a good chance that you know the Vuvuzela has taken over South Africa this summer.

Despite their prevalence, there were alot of people against these horns. Many members of the media lobbied against the Vuvuzela, as it would be annoying to TV viewers. There have also been teams (France, not to name any names), that have blamed poor play on the inability to hear teammates. Although there was much talk of only allowing it during South African matches, FIFA decided that this was a part of the culture and would be allowed.

I am not 100% sure of the origin of the Vuvuzela, because there have been a number of stories. Regardless, they have recently become a staple in SA soccer games. Tradition has to start somewhere, right?

When you’re in the stadium, the noise is actually not overwhelming. It’sprevalent when there is a goal scored or a big play, but not deafening like you would assume based on TV broadcasts. The only bad part is if you have someone blowing the horn 3 inches from your ear for 90 minutes. Surprisingly, it’s much more annoying in the comfort of your living room.

Even though the noise wasn’t as bad as expected, I still would have preferred if the horns weren’t allowed at all matches. I appreciate the South African soccer culture, but I don’t think it should have overshadowed the culture of soccer in it’s entirety.  One of the main aspects of going to a soccer game, especially an international one, is songs and chants. There is literally a battle of two countries singing and chanting for their country for 90+ minutes. This is something that was missing from the World Cup.

With all this talk of Vuvuzelas, it’s only fair to mention that there are now federal regulations banning them on airplanes.

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