NORMAN, Okla. – No. 4 Oklahoma hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Owen Field. 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 6:00 p.m. CT at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.
Q. What weather can we expect for the game?
At kickoff expect temperatures in mid to upper 80s with the possibility of temperatures in the upper 70s later in the game. Forecasts call for a chance of precipitation. 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 pay-per-view because it wasn’t selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. It will be available on a dedicated pay-per-view channel on participating Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas program providers and nationwide via participating satellite and Telco distributors. For a complete list of program distributors that will offer the telecast, go to PPV Details. Cable TV subscribers must have digital cable to order the telecast. Customers can order the game from their set-top boxes or by calling their program provider.
Satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network announced Tuesday that they will both carry Oklahoma’s 2014 opener against Louisiana Tech on their programming as a pay-per-view option.
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee (sidelines) will call the game, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. CT with the Sooner Sports Gameday pregame show. Following the contest, Sooner Sports Overtime will have complete postgame analysis, along with live press conferences featuring OU coaches and players.
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 $109.99. This PPV is not included in other SoonerSports.tv packages, and it must be purchased separately to access the Louisiana Tech game. Users of iPhone, iPad and Android devices will need to download the SoonerSports2Go app to view the live stream on their mobile device.
With the annual SoonerSports.tv package, subscribers will have exclusive live access to various events throughout the season including Sooner Sports Talk on Tuesday nights, OU’s official halftime and postgame shows on Saturdays, plus other features and content you can’t get anywhere else.
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Q. Where can I find the official OU pregame shows?
Sooner Sports Game Day is OU’s official pregame show. Sooner Sports Game Day airs one hour prior to kickoff on FOX Sports Oklahoma at 5 p.m. CT.
Sooner Sports Overtime is OU’s official postgame show. Sooner Sports Overtime is set to air on SoonerSports.tv approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the game.
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 or your SoonerSports.tv subscription. Broadcast begins two hours prior to kickoff at 4:00 p.m. CT with the Sooner Tailgate Show featuring Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, Teddy Lehman, Dusty Dvoracek 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. Again, a live stream of the pay-per-view telecast will also be available on SoonerSports.tv to viewers outside the state of Oklahoma.
Q. Will the Switzer Center be open to fans this weekend?
For home football games, the center is open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on Saturday (for football recruiting) but is open again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Q. When/where is the new “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 intersections 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. The pep rally will start with a blast from the RUF/NEKS shotguns to assemble fans 15 minutes prior to the team’s arrival. This week’s festivities 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 the Switzer Center. Fans may begin lining up on Jenkins Ave. starting at 3 p.m.
Q: Are there any special in-game recognitions taking place?
Oklahoma’s National Merit Scholars will be recognized before the game. During the contest, the OU Softball team will be honored for winning the 2014 Big 12 Championship, while at halftime, the OU Women’s Gymnastics team will be recognized for winning the 2014 NCAA Championship, as well as the 2014 Big 12 Championship. Additionally, The Pride of Oklahoma will perform with high school band and spirit members.
Q. When/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. See the list of activities below:
· Fans will have the opportunity to meet Boomer and Sooner, have their photos taken with the Sooner Schooner and OU RUFNEK & Lil Sis. There will also be appearances from the OU Spirit and Pom squads.
· Children will have the opportunity to get their face painted and there will be balloon animal artists.
· Fans will have the chance to receive the 2014 OU Football Poster through a giveaway.
· Laura Leighe will be performing on the visitnorman.com sound stage from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with Kiley Morgan performing from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
· Activities include interactive booths provided by Clearsight, Academy, Pizza Hut, Spotify, Uber, The Cube, Coke, GMC, Norman CVB, Bank of Oklahoma, Homeland and Kingfisher Cookers.
· Homeland, Kingfisher Cookers, Rib Crib, and Ghengis Grill will be on site with food and drinks available for purchase.
· GoVision will be broadcasting college football games around the country.
· The Sooner Radio Network, 107.7 The Franchise, will be broadcasting live from Fan Fest starting at 3 p.m. with Toby Rowland, Chris Plank, Dusty Dvoracek, Teddy Lehman and Rufus Alexander.
· Pep rally with The Pride of Oklahoma, OU Spirit, Pom and Mascots will begin at 4:35 p.m.
· Fans can enter to win one of three Sooner Jr. Kids Club memberships for the 2014-15 season at the OU Marketing trailer.
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 anticipates its 93rd consecutive sellout for the Louisiana Tech game. The streak covers every game of Coach Stoops’ tenure dating back to the season opener in 1999.
Q. What is OU’s history with Louisiana Tech?
The Sooners are meeting the Bulldogs for the first time in program history.
Q. What pregame traffic should I be aware of?
The Main Street exit off I-35 is now open, but fans are still encouraged to allow themselves plenty of time to get to Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Ramps off I-35 to Hwy. 9 East will be limited to a single lane. Fans should plan for an alternate route in case of traffic delays and have multiple potential parking options.
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 $3 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 Street 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.
Parking is NOT PERMITTED within 50 feet of either side of the BNSF train tracks on the east side of the University of Oklahoma campus. Please allow ample space around railroad right-of-way to prevent your vehicle being towed from this restricted area.
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 for more details.
Q. When can I enter the stadium?
Students (Gates 7 & 12), suite, club seat holders and Santee Lounge guests (Gates 3, 10 and Asp Parking Garage Level 5) may enter the stadium at 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 9-12. 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, 11-12 and on the upper west concourse.
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 (smaller than 10”x10”)
• Clear merchandise bags that meet specifications
• Seat cushions and chair backs
• EMPTY, clear personal water bottle (for drinking water)
• Approved medical devices
• Approved family care items (diapers, formula, etc. in bag 10”x10” or smaller)
• Any and all types of bags and backpacks (conventional or string-type cinch bags)
• Chair backs with armrests and/or wider than 16”
• Merchandise bags
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.
For a complete list of restricted items, please refer to the list below.
List of Restricted Items
· Alcoholic beverages
· Baby seats
· Baby strollers
· Beach balls
· Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)
· Coolers or containers
· Folding chairs or stools
· Food and beverages
· Ice chests
· Laser pointers
· Noisemakers of any type (i.e. air horn, plastic horn, whistle, etc.)
· Pets (with the exception of animals used by disabled guests)
· Personal heaters
· Purses larger than 10”x10”
· Chair backs with armrests and/or wider than 16”
· Video cameras
Q. Can I use tobacco on campus?
As a reminder, last year 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.