And that’s just the people with tickets.
For the OU student media staff, it’s been all Notre Dame all week. As Kelsey Hightower, senior producer of “OU Nightly,” and Bob Dickie, news director of “OU Nightly,” prepared for the 30-minute newscast Friday night, they were aware that the College GameDay crew was just down the block at the end of the South Oval. But the student staff had their own shots to film and students to interview.
Notre Dame hasn’t just been the biggest story all week — it’s been the only story.
Fans mingled at the GameDay tents long after the Friday afternoon interview with Sooner Coach Bob Stoops had ended.
Gordon Miller is on-site security with GameDay. He will be busy today checking the signs fans bring to the filming to make sure none of them have profanity or politics. He also checks T-shirts to keep the GameDay crowd clean and appropriate.
So far, there have been no problems here. But, then, things are just getting started.
Notre Dame fan Ralph Ferrara traveled from New Jersey for the game.
Marc Beaver traveled from Philadelphia.
“I’m a huge Sooner fan,” he said.
The two friends are staying at a local hotel on the south side of Oklahoma City. The hotels in Norman booked up too quickly for them to get rooms in town.
The Bakers are an Oklahoma City couple that have come to Norman because of GameDay. They weren’t able to snag game tickets, but they said it’s fun to be part of the atmosphere.
“We’re huge College GameDay fans,” Mrs. Baker said.
Greg Sech is a Notre Dame fan who came in from Atlanta. He’s friends with an OU alum who traveled to Norman from Denver. The friends had lunch at O’Connell’s, where they enjoyed hearing the OU chant.