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TU reviews emergency plan for severe weather

Posted at 10:26 AM, Dec 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 11:26:00-05

TULSA -- TU reviews their emergency plan for Friday's championship game they're hosting of Jenks Trojans and the Broken Arrow Tigers.

"It’s something that people are very invested in and it’s also something that brings together the entire community," said Rob Loeber, Director of Communications for Jenks Public Schools.

With the risk of severe weather lingering over Tulsa, TU officials are trying to stay ahead of the curve.

"Along with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, we’re following that plan," said Don Tomkalski, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications at TU.

If there's a storm within 15 miles of the stadium, an announcement is made to the crowd as a precaution. If lightning strikes within eight miles of the stadium, they'll need to evacuate to two buildings.

"The Reynolds center which is feasting capacity of 8,000 in that bowl area and then other areas around the center arena, and then our Mabee gymnasium which is north of campus," said Tomkalski.

TU hosted OSU back in September of 2011, where it rained on their parade and pushed back the game several hours.

"We had about a two or three hour delay and kicked off just before midnight and ended the game about 3, 3:30," said Tomkalski.

Lightning delays the game by 30 minutes, but that won't stop fans from cheering on their Tigers or Trojans.

"Don’t let the weather stop you, these things don’t come around that often," said Tomkalski.

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