Oklahoma football: Season-ticket holders get look inside the OU facilities

In a state where football and its players are the rulers, for one Saturday the fans became the kings as OU invited season-ticket holders to tour the football facilities. Kent Deligans and his family enjoyed the experience.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: April 27, 2013
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photo - Kent Deligans looks at the Owen Field during a tour of the University of Oklahoma football facilities in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kent Deligans looks at the Owen Field during a tour of the University of Oklahoma football facilities in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

NORMAN  — Kent Deligans and his family stood above their kingdom surveying all that was below.

They pointed at their four empty seats in section 231, their two more in section 229 and their other six in section 131. 

They inspected how the green grass looked with the fading white paint. High up is where they like to be. They like to see how everything develops below during Saturdays in the fall. 

In a state where football and its players are the rulers, for one Saturday the fans became the kings as OU invited season-ticket holders to tour the football facilities. 

Deligans used to dream of being an Oklahoma king when he was nine after he went to his first Sooner game: Oklahoma versus Notre Dame. Nine years later, he became one of those Oklahoma kings as a freshman on Jim Mackenzie's squad. Then two knee injuries kept him from ever playing varsity. 

He wanted to be a football coach. He became a successful accountant.  

Then in 1982, he became a season-ticket holder and eventually became a Bud Wilkinson Society Donor, which a family friend said is another way of saying they give a nice share of money. 

With his son, grandson and nephews trailing him, Deligans toured Oklahoma's football facilities as he marveled at the nearly 50 years of changes. His family looked on in awe. It was their first tour and it was a day they never dreamed would actually come true. 

They started in the Switzer Center, admiring the BCS Championship trophy and the recruiting room. They listened as Deligans recalled old memories of what used to be on the practice fields south of the stadium. Then they walked into Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' office. 


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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