NORMAN, Okla. – As the start of football season is just two days away, workers in Norman are preparing to welcome thousands upon thousands of OU fans for the Sooners’ season opener on Saturday.
Erin Starkey lives walking distance from the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
She says it is the perfect location to embrace the Sooner spirit.
Starkey said, “It’s an exciting time of year when the leaves start changing and it’s fall football season. It reminds me of being in school.”
While Starkey has the perfect plan to get to the stadium in record time, school officials say other fans not in a prime location need to have a game plan of their own.
They suggest knowing your travel route, be on time and know the new security measures to get into the stadium.
Pete Moris, assistant athletics director at OU, said, “We don’t want folks to get hung up in traffic out there and miss kickoff.”
With construction zones on either direction of I-35, the more than 85,000 Sooner faithful are encouraged to take alternate routes to Norman to avoid delays.
OU fans also need to know about a few new security measures before walking in the stadium gates.
Officials say purses larger than 10′ X10′ are no longer allowed.
Moris said, “We know of events that have occurred around the country this year, so really security is going to be enhanced.”
With just days until the game opener, the finishing touches are in full force.
Window washers are making viewing boxes shiny clean and painters are touching up the field with crimson and cream.
For Starkey, she plans to ride bikes to the stadium with her family but encourages other fans to make their own game plan fast.
She said, “You better have whatever you need done before game day because it’s always crazy.”