Well, the announcement has finally arrived, at it’s about as underwhelming as many of us feared.
On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Oklahoma announced that Trace Adkins will perform before the April 14 Spring Game. If the plan was to attract a crowd of 80,000 and impress visiting recruits, this isn’t exactly a positive development on that front.
Toby Keith was a name that was thrown around, as he’ll already be in the area during the weekend for Friday’s Bob Stoops event being held in Oklahoma City. I’m not a fan of his by any stretch, but he at least would’ve moved the needle enough to attract a much larger crowd than usual. Additionally, the Big Dog Daddy himself wouldn’t have impressed recruits, but a big crowd certainly would have helped matters in that regard. This, on the other hand, is a bit of a dud. Some of you may like him, and that’s fine. However, this isn’t exactly an act that is going to generate the type of excitement they were looking for — even though Adkins may appeal to some of the donors and older fans.
Anyway, if this doesn’t appeal to you, I’d certainly encourage you to attend the game regardless. As has been mentioned, many high-profile recruits will be in attendance for official visits, and a large crowd will do nothing but make a good impression. Also, the Oklahoma Sooners should also be the main attraction in the first place, so go get yourself a sneak peak at Bookie Radley-Hiles and some of the other newcomers. And if you’d prefer not to watch Mr. Adkins’ performance, you can stand outside, pound some beers and marvel at Bob Stoops’ new statue, which will be dedicated on the Switzer Center south lawn at 10:00 a.m. Here’s the full schedule of events:
7:30 AM: Spring Sale (McCasland Fieldhouse)
9:30 AM: Food trucks & Fan Fest (NW corner of Jenkins & Brooks)
10:00 AM: Bob Stoops Statue Dedication (Switzer Center south lawn)
11:00 AM: Stadium gates open
12:30 AM: Trace Adkins concert
1:15 AM: Kickoff
Tickets for OU football season ticket holders cost $5 and will go on sale Wednesday, March 28 at noon CT. Tickets for non-season ticket holders cost $10 and will go on sale on Thursday, March 29 at noon CT.