FRESNO, CA (WCMH) — When it was announced that the national anthem wouldn’t be played before a California high school softball game, fans went ahead and sang it anyway.
During a high school softball championship game on Friday, it was announced that the anthem wouldn’t be sung.
According to CBS News, hundred of fans attending the game between Clovis High and Buchanan were shocked when they learned the song wouldn’t be played.
The crowd sang a capella instead.
Tiffany Marquez, who attended the game, posted a video of the crowd singing on Facebook.
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,'” Marquez told the Fresno Bee. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
According to event coordinator Bob Kayajania, there was a reason for this decision.
“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem,” Kayajania told the Bee.
“The games after that are just played. We got caught. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.”