By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
The University of Oklahoma athletics department announced some policy changes at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon, as well as alternative routes fans may want to consider to get to the games on time.
Lindy Roberts, assistant athletic director for events and facilities, talked about some of those new policies, as well as different ways to get to Owen Field in a more timely manner.
Some of the policy changes included:
• All women’s purses must be smaller than 10 inches by 10 inches.
• Only clear, empty water bottles will be allowed in for drinking water
• No seat cushions or chair backs will be allowed in but seat backs will still be available to rent
• No merchandise bags will be allowed in, even if the bag is clear
• No bags, backpacks, string backpacks or fanny packs will be allowed in
Roberts said these changes have been made in order to keep fans and the football team safer in the stadium, keep fans comfortable and prevent people from tripping or falling over large purses and help security be more efficient in getting people into the stadium.
Roberts also wants to remind fans that they will have express lanes at every gate open on game day for those who are not carrying a purse. The quicker fans are able to get into the stadium, they happier they are, she said.
Items that will still be allowed in the stadium include approved medical devices and approved family care items such as diapers and formula in a bag that is 10 inches by 10 inches or smaller.
Another thing fans should think about is making an alternative route to get to home games with I-35 construction slowing down traffic. Roberts advised that fans leave earlier than they normally would to make it on time for kickoff.
If you typically leave an hour early, leave two hours early, she said.
Some exits Roberts advised fans to take if they are southbound include Exit 112 onto Flood Avenue, Exit 113 onto Tecumseh Road, or even just taking Sooner Road to Lindsey Street.
Those traveling northbound were advised to exit onto State Highway 9.
Another thing to consider is construction around the university’s South Oval area. Roberts said they will be shutting down roads around the stadium about four and a half hours prior to kickoff.
The roads that will be shut down include Asp Avenue to Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street up until Elm Avenue and Jenkins Avenue.
For a complete list of the stadium policies and to check out a game day travel map visit www.soonersports.com.
Look for the complete story in Saturday editions of The Transcript.