In anticipation of some less-than-ideal weather, the Oklahoma Sooners have moved their annual Spring Game to Friday night at 7:30 p.m, with the Lee Brice concert taking place at 6:30 p.m.
For what it’s worth, Norman is expecting (yeah, yeah, yeah, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 30 minutes”, blah, blah, blah) a high of 47 with an 80% chance of rain on Saturday, so this move definitely makes plenty of sense. It’s better for most fans, better for the recruits (depending on travel arrangements), better for Lee Brice and pretty much everyone involved. Well almost everyone. With people not getting off work until 5 p.m, the Campus Corner establishments and merchants will have fewer hours of heavy business. However, the bars might make up for some of that loss with an extra-busy Friday night.
Joe Castiglione acknowledges that it’s going to inconvenience some people. However, he’s right in saying that the positives of this move will outweigh the negatives.
“Naturally, our preference is to play on Saturday, but the weather was going to subject our fans to difficult conditions, and likely would have prevented many from attending. We know that decisions of this kind may inconvenience some, and we regret that very much. At the same time, it truly was the student-athletes and fans we had in mind when we made this call. We hope most of our great fans can still attend the game in what should be much better conditions.”
Lincoln Riley had the following to say about the development:
“Saturday is going to be a tough day in terms of the weather so this helps our fans and also gives us better conditions to play the game. I sincerely hope our fans can still support this event as they have in the past. It’s a huge recruiting weekend for us and we want to demonstrate the passion of OU football. The change gives us a little bit of a different atmosphere under the lights so we’re going to embrace that and get excited about it.”
A few other notes:
- Most campus parking lots will be open and free of charge. People can also park at Lloyd Noble and ride the free shuttles to the stadium starting at 4 p.m. Tailgating will be permitted after noon.
- Unfortunately, the Spring Sale and Fan Fest have been cancelled due to the timing of the event. As mentioned earlier, many people won’t be getting off work until 5 p.m., which kind of throws a wrench into those things.
- Stadium gates 2, 7, 10, 12, 14 and 16 will open at 5:30 p.m.
- Sections 9 through 27 (north end zone) will be closed due to construction.