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OU adds new measures for student seating after "disappointing behaviors" at season opener

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 14:01:14-04

TULSA, Okla. — Game-day is looking a lot different this year as fans flock to Norman to watch the Sooners. University officials said they created new measures for student seating after the "disappointing behaviors by some at the season's first game," according to an OU press release.

Officials said the new measures will begin for the Sept. 26th home game against Kansas State and for the rest of the season's games. University officials said they are considering the reduction or elimination of student tickets and seating. That decision has been tabled pending the evaluations of the new measures the University is implementing.

New measures for student seating:

  • 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.

Officials said security will be increased throughout the student section to monitor and provide direction and support. University officials said if a student does not cooperate, they can be removed from the stadium and could have future game privileges revoked.

READ MORE: OU anticipates limiting stadium capacity to 25%

In response to COVID-19, the University is canceling game-day tailgating events and most gatherings. This comes as the university also announced it’s cancellation of homecoming, originally slated for next month.

READ MORE: OU cancels tailgating, homecoming activities amid COVID-19 pandemic

In a statement, Vice President for University Operations Eric Conrad said, “While we realize these decisions will be disappointing to many... it’s imperative that the university does its part to slow the spread of the virus on campus and in our community so we can protect each other.”

Some annual events are still happening, but with strict safety protocols and limited capacity. Those include: the Allstate Party at the Palace, the Duck Pond RV parking, the SooneRVillage at Lloyd Noble Center and some college events and gatherings.

Additionally, all events will require fans to wear masks at all times.

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