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August 31, 2013

OU reverses new game day rules, plans review

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced Friday 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, Boren said.

The policies announced earlier included a 10-by-10 inch rule for women’s purses and no outside cushions or bags with merchandise allowed inside the stadium. Backpacks, string backpacks or fannypacks were also prohibited under the previous rules.

Meanwhile, Norman and OU Police as well as Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers are urging motorists to leave home early in order to keep from meeting an expected traffic gridlock on the way to the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Traffic on I-35 will be slowed at the Canadian River Bridge. Crews are busy adding lanes on both north and southbound sides of the bridge.

For southbound travel. police encourage fans to take Exit 112 onto Flood Avenue, which is a left exit, or Exit 113 onto Tecumseh Road.

Norman police and city of Norman Traffic Management have developed alternate routes for southbound traffic from these two exits to access the stadium area.

Officers will provide traffic control assistance along areas of the suggested routes beginning three hours prior to kickoff.

For fans wanting to steer clear of I-35, police said Western Avenue or 60th Avenue Northwest has been widened to four lanes into Norman to Tecumseh Road.

Another option is to take Sooner Road or 12th Avenue Northeast to Lindsey Street.

For Northbound travelers, officials encourage State Highway 9 or Lindsey Street.

OU officials also said they will shut down roads around the stadium about four and a half hours prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff. Roads that will be shut down include Lindsey Street betweenl Elm Avenue and Jenkins.

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