SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The forty seventh annual Bayou Traditional recreation, which happened in Shreveport this yr— the primary time since 1973 — purchased in lots of followers and alumni from throughout the nation.
In October, it was introduced that the annual November matchup between Grambling State and Southern Universities wouldn’t be performed till spring 2021, because of the pandemic.
The announcement was made after the Southwest Athletic convention introduced all fall sports activities, together with soccer could be postponed attributable to COVID considerations.
Then, when Bayou Traditional organizers discovered the Mercedes Benz Superdome wouldn’t be prepared for the April 17, 2021 date they chose, they joined with faculty management from each Grambling State College and Southern College and A&M School, Shreveport Mayor Adrian D. Perkins and Shreveport-Bossier’s Sports activities Fee to announce that the 47th Annual Bayou Traditional could be briefly moved to Shreveport.
Saturday, as Southern and Grambling followers and alumni started firing up grills in Independence Stadium’s car parking zone for pregame tailgate events, it was clear that any disappointment over the sport’s relocation was far outweighed by happiness that the Traditional was being performed in any respect.
“It’s fairly totally different being in Shreveport,” mentioned Torrance Moton, a Southern College alumni. “I’m used to being in New Orleans. However, hey it’s the Bayou Traditional. I’m going to journey for my workforce.”
Louisiana native Laterence Mitchell, who now lives in Atlanta, mentioned he traveled 9 hours simply to see the large recreation. “This can be a large a part of my household. We tailgate yearly,” Mitchell mentioned, including he and his household additionally come again to help Louisiana.
One New Orleans couple mentioned they completely didn’t thoughts the touring regardless of the chilly temperatures. “So long as it doesn’t rain,” mentioned Costre Anderson. “We’re having a great time,” he mentioned.