Football players from two opposing college teams led the stadium in singing the national anthem on Saturday when the stadium’s public address reportedly failed, which led to an announcement that the anthem would not be played.
The two schools, Trinity College and Hamilton College, are part of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and were getting ready for kickoff when they learned about the problem with the stadium’s PA system.
“I think it was something involving the volume to the overall sound system I’m not exactly sure,” Dave Kingsley, Trinity’s director of sports communications, said. “It was a concern because for a second we thought we heard some boos.”
Trinity coach Jeff Devanney said the announcement did not sit well with his players.
“A couple of guys on our team were like ‘No man, you gotta play the song,'” Devanney said. “And then a couple guys just started singing.”
Within a matter of moments, both teams were singing the anthem.
“We weren’t all in sync,” Devanney said. “We had like three different waves of The Star-Spangled Banner going.”
Trinity senior fullback Ethan Suraci said the experience was terrific and that players on the team love singing the anthem before games.
“It was amazing, especially with what we’re seeing in the NFL, the political climate that not only the rest of our team joined in but Hamilton and all the fans joined in, too,” Suraci said. “It was truly amazing.”
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