OU, OSU Release New Guidelines For Fans Ahead Of Football Season

Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 9:41 pm
By: Erick Payne

The Big 12 said fall football will go on, and OU and OSU both plan on drastically reducing the number of people allowed inside their stadiums to watch.

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Today, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University released new guidelines to keep fans healthy.

The University of Oklahoma said it plans to reduce the capacity at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to 25%.

"It's an interesting time in our country's history," Co-President of the OU Club of Tulsa Chris Martin said. "OU has a big football tradition, and I feel like we really want to play football, it's what the fans want to see the players want to play."

Martin said these are tough decisions. He said he likely won't be going to any home games this year, but understands why some fans want to.

"I will support them whatever ways I can as a fan and as an alum," Martin said. "It's something we're all just waiting to see what happens, sure would like to see some college football but understand if it doesn't happen."

Oklahoma State said face masks will be required inside Boone Pickens Stadium, and there will be additional spacing between seats.

OSU said tailgating won't be allowed on campus this season. The university is also asking people use the mobile ticketing app or print off tickets at home, since it won't be mailing out tickets or parking passes.

Both OSU and OU said they are trying to create a safe environment for players, students, fans and the community.

"These next three weeks are crucial. These players are going to have to be responsible and really display a level of professionalism that most college athletes wouldn't have to," News On 6 Football Analyst Dusty Dvoracek said.

OU said they started reaching out to season ticket holders today to gauge their needs. They said more guidelines will be released in the coming days.