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Some Twitter users claimed that The Best Damn Band In The Land was given 100 fewer seats than requested at Michigan Stadium, forcing some band members to stand in the concourse or outside the stadium altogether.
Others said that band members weren't fed during the game. A few charged that TBDBITL was relegated to a nosebleed section of the Big House instead of closer to the field, signaling that perhaps the Big Ten rivalry had gone too far.
Tell that to the 100 OSU marching band members you left outside of your stadium with 0 food and no way to even watch the game #stayclassy 🙄
— Daniel Weaver (@DWeaver1973) November 28, 2021
Have you heard about how ❌ purposely gave TBDBITL 100 less seats than were requested AND sat the band at the very top rows of their designated sitting areas?
— Terri Wiley (@momx3wiley) November 29, 2021
Hearing stories about how poorly the @UMichAthletics department treated the OSU marching band today. Sad to see how respect for what makes college football great is dying in athletic departments.
— Jack Brown (@covjack) November 27, 2021
But the rumors aren't true, said TBDBITL spokesman Evan Drexler.
"Rumors get spread really easily, and, honestly, it's been pretty frustrating within the band to hear," Drexler said.
Drexler said that all instrument-playing members of TBDBITL had a seat at Michigan Stadium and were fed during the game. A few students and staff stood in the concourse at times, he said, but it wasn't for lack of seating.
As for their location in the stadium, Drexler said that's where all of the away teams' marching bands were seated this season. The band normally is a little closer to the field, but COVID-19 protocols this season put the band farther away.
Drexler said he isn't certain how exactly the rumors got started.
"People probably saw pictures on social media from the press box and made assumptions," he said.
Sheridan Hendrix is a reporter at the Columbus Dispatch covering higher education. Reach her at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @sheridan120.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Fact check: Every Ohio State band member had a seat during The Game