STILLWATER, Okla. – Football fans are busy gearing up for this weekend’s bitter Bedlam battle.
With temperatures expected to be below freezing, one thing both Cowboy and Sooner fans can agree on is that it’s going to be cold.
Fan merchandise stores are already selling out of their cold weather gear that dons the Sooners’ and Cowboy’s logos as early as five days before the big game.
Mike Thompson’s family is a house divided.
He’s a Cowboy who married a Sooner.
Now, it’s expected to be a special game for the couple since it will be their baby Ellison’s first Bedlam game.
Thompson said, “We’re trying to decide how many layers of clothes to get for her to see if she can make it through the game.”
They’re going the whole nine yards, bundling up for a game they have been planning for since before they saw the frigid forecast.
“We have an outdoor tailgate so she won’t be able to hang out too long,” says Thompson. “She’ll be there as long as we think she can handle it.”
As it stands now, our 4Warn Storm Team predicts a bitter 15 degrees and a five below wind chill in the morning for tailgaters.
They also say it will be only 27 degrees by the end of the game.
David Smith, owner of Big Red Shop, says fans from both sides are already clearing his cold weather gear shelves, so he’s had to rush more in.
“They’re getting ready for a cold game,” says Smith. “Tent panels to block their tailgate tents, to block the wind; ski caps, blankets, heavy jackets, sweatshirts.”
That’s only to name a few but he’s told each of his customers this weekend’s weather is nothing to be afraid of and reminds them that being in the stands is worth it.
He says he’ll keep stocking up so his customers can stay warm, while sporting their favorite team’s gear.
“She’s going with orange, for sure,” says Thompson. “She’s going with orange.”
Smith says, “A good game kind of helps warm you up.”
Temperatures are not set in stone so stay tuned as the forecast may change before you hit the road to Stillwater.