In a major change of tradition the Big 12 Conference Schools in Texas will now be charging upwards of $100 per seat that the bands will take up in the stadium on an away trip. We reached out to band directors here in Texas and heard that this was decided between administrators at Texas schools for this year ending a long standing agreement that bands would not be charged. It was a business decision they said.
For larger bands like Texas or Texas Tech this now means and extra $40,000-$60,000 will be added to an away trip cost. Luckily Athletics and the President's Offices of many of the schools have decided to foot the bill, but how long will that last? Texas bands enjoy traveling to 2-3 games a year due to proximity, but with this added cost bands could see these trips declining in the future.