COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Each time Texas A&M scores a touchdown at their next home game against Ole Miss, fans can expect to hear the sound of a cannon firing.
A tradition for years, the cannon wasn’t fired at the school’s most recent game because of safety concerns about it being used in the newly updated Kyle Field stadium. Texas A&M officials believe they can safely fire the cannon from the field’s southeast tower for the rest of the season.
The Corps of Cadets will fire the cannon when the Aggies score on Oct. 11, and Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., who leads the group, said the plan from the beginning has always been to find a way to carry on the 30-year custom. For the school’s first home game against Lamar University, fans watched on stadium screens as the cannon was being fired in a practice field.
“I think everybody missed the cannon,” he said. “I’m very pleased the cannon will be back.”
Texas A&M Interim President Mark Hussey said he appreciated school officials, including members of the Environmental Health and Safety Office and representatives of the university system, who worked toward a solution in restoring the tradition with the Corps of Cadets.
On Tuesday, the Texas A&M System also announced that new grass brought in from North Carolina has been installed at Kyle Field. The field began deteriorating during a September game against Rice University. Heavy rains the night before the game, plus the grass being on the ground only for a month, caused some holes in the field.
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