Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” still rung out during Virginia Tech’s opening game during the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, despite a rule preventing it from being played.
As The Roanoke Times explains, even though Virginia Tech was hosting the game at its home Cassell Coliseum, the NCAA defines tournament matches as “neutral,” meaning the arena isn’t allowed its “team-preferred music.” That includes “Enter Sandman,” which Virginia Tech usually plays during home games right before tip-off.
However, that didn’t stop the fans in the stands from singing the metal classic. In footage shared by The Roanoke Times, you can hear the crowd belt out the opening verse of “Enter Sandman” as the game begins.
By the way, Virginia Tech won their first two tournament games and advanced to the Sweet 16.
“Enter Sandman” will also be sung in stadiums across the globe when Metallica launches their M72 world tour, which begins in Europe in April before kicking off in the U.S. in August. They’ll be supporting their new album, 72 Seasons, dropping April 14.
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