NORMAN — No. 19/19 Oklahoma hosts Akron on Saturday at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Here’s a quick rundown of information for Sooner fans to answer the most frequently asked questions leading up to the game.
Q. What time is the game?
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 6:06 p.m. CT at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.
Q. What weather can we expect for the game?
Expect the temperature at kickoff to be around 90 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Be sure to check for the latest weather updates as game time approaches.
Q. What TV channel is the game on?
The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma program providers, and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors (including AT&T U-verse, DirecTV and Dish Network). Pricing will vary by distributor.
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee will announce the game, with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT with the “The SoonerSports.tv Pregame Show.”
Viewers outside the state of Oklahoma (based on IP address) can purchase a live stream of the pay-per-view broadcast on SoonerSports.tv. The online pay-per-view price is $54.99, or can be paired with an annual subscription for a discounted rate of $99.99. This pay-per-view broadcast is not included in other SoonerSports.tv packages and must be purchased separately to access the Akron game. iPhone, iPad, and Android users will need to download the SoonerSports2Go app to view the live stream on their mobile device.
Q. Where can I find the official OU pregame and postgame TV shows?
“Sooner Sports Gameday” is OU’s official pregame show and will air on FOX Sports Oklahoma at 10 a.m. CT.
“Sooner Sports Overtime” is OU’s official postgame show and will be broadcast onSoonerSports.tv approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the game (subscription required). It will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma Sundays at 10 a.m. CT.
Q. How can I listen to the Sooners on the radio?
Fans can listen to the OU radio broadcast on any official Sooner Sports Network affiliate — including Oklahoma City flagship station 107.7 FM The Franchise — Sirius 108, XM 199, and with a SoonerSports.tv subscription, including on the SoonerSports2Go app. Broadcast begins two hours prior to kickoff at 4 p.m. CT with the Sooner Tailgate Show featuring Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, Ted Lehman and Rufus Alexander. This show features interviews with coaches and players and a pregame conversation with head coach Bob Stoops. Following the game, the 90-minute Sooner Wrap-up Show features game highlights, player comments and postgame interviews with Coach Stoops and assistant coaches.
Q. How can I follow the Sooners online?
SoonerSports.com will provide comprehensive coverage throughout game day, bringing you closer to the Sooners than anyone else can with photos, videos and insights from inside the team. In addition, Twitter.com/OU_Football will provide live in-game updates.
SoonerSports.tv will provide an exclusive live pregame show featuring Chad McKee and Dusty Dvoracek starting one hour before kick, as well as the “Sooner Sports Overtime” postgame show with highlights, reaction, analysis and live cut-ins to OU’s postgame press conference.
Q. When/where is the “Walk of Champions” taking place?
Two hours before each home game, head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners will disembark from the team buses at the intersection of Lindsey St. and Jenkins Ave. A pep rally, conducted by OU Spirit and OU football alumni, will be held 15 minutes prior to the team’s arrival. This week’s pep rally will be at 3:45 p.m. with the team arriving at 4 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to cheer on the team upon arrival and watch as Coach Stoops, the squad and past Oklahoma letterwinners walk the final yards to their temporary locker room facilities. Fans may begin lining up on Jenkins Ave. starting at 3 p.m.
Q. When and where is Sooner Fan Fest?
Fan Fest will be held in the Rhyne Hall parking lot directly east of McCasland Field House. Fan Fest opens at 3 p.m. off Jenkins Ave. and concludes at 5:30 p.m. See the list of activities below:
• Fans will have the opportunity to meet Boomer and Sooner and have their photos taken with the Sooner Schooner, the mascots and members of the OU spirit squads at the OU Marketing trailer.
• Activities include a live band, a jumbotron showing games from around the country and interactive booths.
• Food trucks from MOB Grill, Big O’s BBQ, Chick N Wangs, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs and Homeland Red River Ranch will have food and drinks available for purchase.
• The Sooner Radio Network (flagship 107.7 The Franchise) will be broadcasting live from Fan Fest with Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, Teddy Lehman and Rufus Alexander.
Q. When/where is the Sooner Club Tailgate?
The Sooner Club Tailgate is located inside the Mosier Indoor Facility and opens two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The Sooner Club Tailgate is open to qualified Sooner Club members only.
Q. How many consecutive sellouts for Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is sold out for the 99th consecutive home game. The streak covers every game of Coach Stoops’ tenure dating back to the season opener in 1999. More than 8 million fans have watched the Sooners play at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during the streak.
Q. What is OU’s history with Akron?
Oklahoma has never faced Akron, but owns a 2-0 record against Mid-American Conference opponents. OU beat Bowling Green 40-24 on Sept. 4, 2004, and handled Ball State 62-6 on Oct. 1, 2011. Both games were played in Norman.
Q. What pregame traffic should I be aware of?
With construction taking place in Norman on I-35, Lindsey St. and Highway 9, OU officials want to give fans alternate travel options to get to Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on game days.
All I-35 Norman exits will remain open, but construction will continue on the Lindsey St. and Highway 9 exits throughout the football season, causing possible heavy congestion in those areas.
Alternate/secondary routes coming from the north include Exit 112 (south on Highway 77/Flood St.) or Exit 113 (east or west on Tecumseh Rd. then south into Norman via 36th Ave. from the west or Highway 77/Flood or Sooner Rd. from the east).
Although Highway 9 will remain open, fans traveling to Norman from the south can also exit south of town in Noble and head east to Sooner Rd., then travel north.
Up-to-date travel and stadium information will be posted on SoonerSports.com, and will be shared on the @OU_Gameday Twitter account.
Q. How will stadium construction impact fans at the game?
Due to ongoing stadium construction on the south end of the stadium, Gate 12 will be closed this year. Gate 11 on the southeast corner will be open, but has been modified due to the construction. Fans who sit in the south end zone (Sections 36-40), are strongly encouraged to enter the stadium via Gate 1 in the southwest corner.
Q. Where is public parking located for the game?
Public parking is limited on the main campus to the Dale Hall lot and the Elm Avenue Parking Facility on game days. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that fans utilize one of the three shuttle systems available. Free parking is available at the Lloyd Noble Center, located approximately one mile south of the stadium. A shuttle is provided for $4 round trip and unloads one block south of the stadium on First Street. The shuttle runs throughout the game as well as up to one hour after the conclusion of the game. For more information regarding parking on and around campus, please contact the Parking Office at 405-325-3311.
PLEASE NOTE: Parking is NO LONGER permitted on Brooks St. between Jenkins Ave. and Classen Blvd. on game day. This area will remain clear to help ease postgame traffic congestion. Any vehicles parked in this location on game day will be towed at the owner’s expense. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Also, parking is not permitted within 50 feet of either side of the BNSF train tracks running through Norman. Anyone who is parked within this restricted area will be towed.
Q. Where can I park my RV for the game?
The OU Athletics Department is pleased to offer 130 RV hookup spots with both 50 (208 volt) and 30 (120 volt) amp options in the southwest parking lot of Lloyd Noble Center and non-electric spots in the northwest parking lot of Lloyd Noble Center. A shuttle service from RV parking to the stadium is available. For price and registration information, please call 405-325-4666 or visit SoonerSports.com. For more information about RV parking at the Lloyd Noble Center, please call the Lloyd Noble Center business office at 405-325-4666. RV parking is not allowed in any campus parking lot except for those designated for RV parking.
Q. What are OU’s tailgating policies?
The setting up of tents, awnings and similar equipment may commence at noon the day immediately preceding game day (typically on Friday for a Saturday game). The items must be taken down and removed by noon on the day immediately following (typically Sunday). Tents, awnings and similar equipment must be securely anchored. Stakes must not be longer than 12 inches in order not to interfere with underground utilities. See the full list of tailgating policies at SoonerSports.com for more details.
Q. When can I enter the stadium?
Students (Gates 7 & 11), suite, club seat holders and Santee Lounge guests (Gates 3, 10 and Asp Parking Garage Level 5) may enter the stadium two hours before kickoff. All others may enter an hour and a half before kickoff.
Q. Where can I locate express lanes if I don’t have a purse to be searched?
Express lanes are located at stadium gates 1-7 and 9. Express lanes are available this season for fans who don’t have a purse that need to be searched. Fans should take advantage of the express lanes to expedite their entry into the stadium.
Q. Where can I rent chair-back seats?
Chair-back seats are available at Sooner Seat Customer Service booths. Booths are located at Gates 1, 5, 7, 11 and on the upper west concourse.
Q. What restrictions are in place in terms of fan video?
Video rights related to the conduction of this game are authorized by the Big 12 Conference. Video may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game including live game action and any other video from within this facility may not be disseminated without express written consent.
Q. What items are restricted?
Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has adopted several “best practices” that have been implemented at many major collegiate, professional and entertainment venues nationwide. Providing a safe environment for our guests remains an ongoing priority at the University of Oklahoma, along with increasing the comfort and efficiency of all individuals entering the facility.
Allowable Personal Items
• Women’s purses of a reasonable size
• Clear merchandise bags that meet the bag specifications
• Seat cushions and chair backs smaller than 16 inches wide and without armrest
• EMPTY, clear personal water bottle (for drinking water)
• Approved medical devices
• Approved family care items (diapers, formula, etc.)
• Any and all types of bags and backpacks (conventional or string-type cinch bags)
• Chair backs with armrests and/or wider than 16 inches
Fans not bringing a women’s purse or another allowable item into the stadium are strongly encouraged to utilize express lanes. Chair-back seats are available at Sooner Seat Customer Service booths. Fans that purchase merchandise outside the stadium or have items not adhering to these standard should plan to return it to their vehicles before entering the stadium. Advance planning will help our team serve you better on game day and alleviate potential frustration at stadium gates. All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. Items left at gate will be discarded.
Q. Can I use tobacco on campus?
As a reminder, in 2012, Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order that all state-funded institutions, including the entire OU campus and all University-owned, operated, leased and/or controlled properties be tobacco-free. This policy prohibits the use of ALL tobacco products.
Q. How can I find my seat?
Stadium attendants will assist fans in locating specific seating locations. Please refer to the seating chart at SoonerSports.com to familiarize yourself with your section of the stadium. A seating chart is also located on the back of your ticket.
List of Restricted Items
Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all bags, backpacks, fanny packs, cases for binoculars, cameras or other items, and large purses are prohibited. Only items required for medical or family needs plus empty, clear personal-sized containers suitable for drinking water are permitted.
Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession is subject to arrest.
Prohibited items include:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Baby seats
• Baby strollers
• Bags, backpacks, fanny packs and hard binocular cases
• Banners, Signs, Sticks
• Beach Balls
• Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)
• Chair backs with armrests and/or wider than 16″
• Coolers or containers
• Folding chairs or stools
• Food and beverages
• Ice chests
• Large purses
• Laser pointers
• Noisemakers of any type (i.e. air horn, plastic horn, whistles, etc.)
• Pets (with the exception of service animals used by disabled guests)
• Personal heaters
• Umbrellas (per Big 12 Conference)
• Video cameras