The University of Tennessee announced this morning that smoking is now banned in Neyland Stadium, the football Holy of Holies on the Knoxville campus. No word yet on whether the Vol mascot, Smoky, will have to change his name. Entire departments of anthropologists could have careers interpreting the policies surrounding this sacred space over the years, so let’s have a little exegesis of the news release dropping this smoke bomb on the Vol faithful. First is a sentence from the release, then an explanation of what it really means.
“In compliance with a new state law passed this year that prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, smoking will no longer be allowed inside the gates of the stadium.”
All right, y’all, let’s get this out in the open up front. We didn’t make this policy–those nitwits in Nashville did–so don’t blame us.