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OU football tallies impact of 75 consecutive home sellouts

by Mike Sherman Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm •  Published: August 30, 2011
Fans shout at the end of the national anthem before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners ( OU) and the Air Force Falcons at the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans shout at the end of the national anthem before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners ( OU) and the Air Force Falcons at the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Fans shout at the end of the national anthem before the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners ( OU) and the Air Force Falcons at the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma is expecting its 75th consecutive home sell-out crowd Saturday night in the football season-opener against Tulsa.

Kenny Mossman, OU’s head of sports information, has tallied the impact of the streak and put it into some historical context:

* A total of 6,026,578 have attended the first 74 games in the streak.

* The average number of fans to attend the games during the streak is 81,444.

* The largest crowd to see a game was 85,646 for the 2008 OU-Texas Tech contest.

* OU is 72-2 at home during the streak, and has won its last 36 in a row.

* As of Saturday, 73 of the 75 games will have been played against FBS competition.

* The streak mirrors Bob Stoops’ tenure, which began with a 49-0 win over Indiana State on Sept. 11, 1999.

* During that time, the stadium’s capacity has grown from 72,726 to 82,112 (+9,386).

* Average attendance has grown from 74,664 in 1999 to 84,738 last season.

When the Streak Began in 1999 …

* Bill Clinton was president.

* Frank Keating was governor of Oklahoma.

* The Euro was just being introduced.

* The population of Norman was 87,750. Today it’s close to 111,000.

* The Dow Jones Industrial average closed at more than 11,000 for the first time ever.

* National unemployment was at 5.8 percent.

* The national debt was around $4 trillion.

* Oklahoma had recently endured the most powerful tornado ever measured (May 3).

* The Space Shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

* The Y2K scare was in full swing.

* Cell phones included internet browsing for the first time (the public knew nothing of Iphone, Ipod or Ipad).

* Anheuser-Busch introduced the “Whassup” commercial.

* “Shakespeare in Love” won the Oscar for best movie, but “Fight Club” was the top grossing film.

* “Who wants to be a Millionaire” was the top-rated television show.

* The six billionth human was born.

* Michael Jordan announced his first retirement from basketball.

* The Spurs beat the Knicks, 4-1, in the NBA finals.

* Andre Aggasi won the US Open in men’s tennis.

* The top pop hit was “All Star” by Smash Mouth.

* The top country hit was “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain.

* The average national price for a gallon of gas was $1.17.

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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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