Claremore Daily Progress

August 30, 2013

Seat cushions permissible for Saturday's OU game


NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced today that the rules governing what the fans could bring into the stadium last year, which allowed purses of reasonable size and seat cushions, will continue to be allowed, subject to reasonable inspection at the gates. The changes in the rules recently announced will not be in effect for Saturday's game, while they undergo further review. The University does not want to unduly inconvenience fans.


As was the policy in 2012, seat cushions and chair backs (without arm rests or no wider than 16” will be permitted for Saturday’s game vs. ULM. The no bag policy (except as indicated below) remains in effect as this is not a change.

Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium continues to utilize “best practices” that have been implemented at many major collegiate, professional and entertainment venues nationwide. Providing a safe environment for our guests remains an ongoing priority at the University of Oklahoma, along with increasing the comfort and efficiency of all individuals entering the facility.


Allowable Personal Items – Revised

•               Women’s purses (smaller than 10”x10”)

•               Seat cushions and chair backs

•               EMPTY, clear personal water bottle (for drinking water)  

•               Approved medical devices

•               Approved family care items (diapers, formula, etc. in bag 10”x10” or smaller)


Non-Allowable Items – Revised

•               Any and all types of bags and backpacks (conventional or string-type cinch bags)

•               Chair backs with armrests and/or wider than 16”

•               Merchandise bags


Fans not bringing a women’s purse or another allowable item into the stadium are strongly encouraged to utilize Express Lanes. Fans that purchase merchandise outside the stadium or have items not adhering to these standard should plan to return it to their vehicles before entering the stadium.


Advance planning will help our team serve you better on game day and alleviate potential frustration at stadium gates. All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. Items left at gate will be discarded.


For a complete list of restricted items, please refer to the list below.


List of Restricted Items

·         Alcoholic beverages

·         Any and all types of bags (merchandise bags, backpacks, fanny packs & hard binocular cases)

·         Baby seats

·         Baby strollers

·         Banners/signs

·         Beach balls

·         Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)

·         Coolers or containers

·         Explosives/firearms/weapons

·         Folding chairs or stools

·         Food and beverages

·         Ice chests

·         Laptops

·         Laser pointers

·         Noisemakers of any type (i.e. air horn, plastic horn, whistle, etc.)

·         Pets (with the exception of animals used by disabled guests)

·         Personal heaters

·         Stadium seats (with armrests and/or over 16” wide)

·         Umbrellas

·         Women’s purses larger than 10”x 10”



A major reconstruction project is currently underway on the I-35 corridor in Norman that will have a major impact on game day traffic flow. The I-35/Main Street Bridge interchange is being completely replaced, meaning there is no egress to or from I-35 to Main Street. Fans are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes to their parking destination in advance. Extra time should be allowed for both arrival to and departure from the stadium.


Southbound I-35 Traffic (From OKC)

·         Fans are encouraged to exit no further south than Tecumseh Road. Alternate routes include:

o   Exit 113 (Highway 77 – left exit) – continues into Norman as Flood Avenue

o   Exit 112 (Tecumseh Road) provides access to alternate southbound routes running parallel to I-35

§  36th Avenue NW (west of I-35)

§  24th Avenue NW (east of I-35)

o   Numerous other alternative southbound routes exist, including:

§  Sooner Road/12th Avenue NE

§  Sunnylane/Porter

§  Western Avenue/60th Avenue NW


Northbound I-35 Traffic (From Pauls Valley)

·         The South Canadian River Bridge just south of Norman on I-35 is in the midst of a widening project. Northbound fans should anticipate congestion and delays in this area.


Five hours prior to kickoff there will be three street closures adjacent to the stadium. Lindsey St., which runs east and west along the southern edge of the stadium will close at Elm (west of the stadium) to just east of Jenkins Ave. Only those patrons with parking credentials for the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or the MP12 lot will be able to access Lindsey, and they must approach from the west.


Jenkins Ave. will be closed south of Page to all traffic except for those with a Field House parking pass and south to Farmers Street.


Brooks will be closed from Jenkins to Trout to all traffic but those with a parking pass for the Brooks Lot, Monnett Lot, Duck Pond Lot or East Side Stadium Suites Lot. No traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized support vehicles will be allowed west of Monnett on Brooks or south of the entrance of parking lot A-10 on Jenkins (Field House Lot). Tow away zones will be strictly enforced on both sides of Brooks between Jenkins and Classen.