Keeping cool before kickoff helps you can stay in the game

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NORMAN, Okla.-More than 80,000 fans enjoyed some fun in the sun while packing the stands for the OU season opener this past weekend.

However, those bodies mixed with 100-degree heat put a damper on the fun for some Sooner faithful.

According to the University of Oklahoma, three people were transported to an area hospital to be treated for heat related issues, along with a handful of people helped at the medical facility within the stadium.

Officials say with less than a week until the next game, it is never too soon to prepare for grueling temperatures.

Jared Schmidt, a senior at OU, says he spends most of his time working outdoors and has some crucial tips that every fan should follow.

Schmidt said, "Wear breathable clothing, drink plenty of water. If you start feeling faint, find some shade."

However, some Sooner fans say the 100-degree weather is too overbearing.

Tiffany Charles said, "At kickoff, at that temperature, they should have delayed the start of the game."

Charles said her family made the decision to stay indoors and miss the season opener, a decision that her family believes paid off.

She said, "I have a couple that left before halftime because it was too hot and they couldn't stand it and normally they're die-hard fans until the end."

Cooling stations are set up to help visitors but school officials encourage everyone to keep an eye out for their neighbor.

Charles said, "Look out for your fellow fans. If you see someone not looking well, find an usher and make sure they get some attention before something develops that's even more serious."

With less than a week to go until the next game, now is the time to make a game plan to beat the heat.

The Sooners will take on West Virginia on Saturday in Norman.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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