OU considers reducing/eliminating student tickets, seating at home football games

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Officials with the University of Oklahoma said Friday that they are considering the possibility of a reduction or elimination of student tickets and seating at football games. © AP Photo Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner is driven onto the field following a score against Missouri State in the first half an NCAA […]

Officials with the University of Oklahoma said Friday that they are considering the possibility of a reduction or elimination of student tickets and seating at football games.



a man riding a horse drawn carriage: Oklahoma's Sooner Schooner is driven onto the field following a score against Missouri State in the first half an NCAA college football game between Missouri State and Oklahoma Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


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Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner is driven onto the field following a score against Missouri State in the first half an NCAA college football game between Missouri State and Oklahoma Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

According to a statement from the university’s athletics department, those steps have been tabled pending an evaluation of the new measures that will be implemented for the upcoming game.

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Amid coronavirus concerns, the department announced additional measures at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium student sections that will be implemented for the Sept. 26 home game against Kansas State, and for all games to follow.

“The changes are the result of meetings amongst university officials and student leaders following the disappointing behaviors by some at the season’s first game,” Mike Houck, assistant athletics director, said in a news release.

The new measures include:

  • The explicit designation of seating sections on student tickets to eliminate any previous confusion about the proper location for student attendees
  • Clearer concourse signage at the entry ramps for the student sections
  • Establishment of student seating clusters in groups of 2 to 10
  • Clearly delineated prohibited seating sections marked by flagging tape

Security personnel will also be significantly increased throughout the student section to provide direction, monitor locations and provide support, officials said. Staff will work with game attendees in an effort to achieve compliance with seating and masking requirements. Attendees who do not cooperate are subject to removal from the stadium and may have future game attendance privileges revoked.

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