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Big 12 football: Student attendance lagging at OU, OSU, other schools

Some students leave early to get to parties, others don't want to deal with postgame traffic jams.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 14, 2013

“Last year at the Notre Dame game, I couldn't get a spot. The student section was too full so I had to go sit with my family. I really think it depends on the opponent and pregame hype.”

Anthony Poplin, an 18-year-old OU freshman, has gone to every home game and stayed until it ended, but he said several of his friends leave early for a variety of reasons.

“Especially if it's a night game, some of my friends want to get to parties, and some of them just don't want to deal with traffic,” Poplin said.

Oklahoma State, meanwhile, allocated 13,000 seats inside Boone Pickens Stadium this year for student season tickets, but the average student attendance has been just 65 percent.

“That kind of bothers me, but we haven't really had a huge game here yet,” said 18-year old OSU freshman Logan Wright.

Saturday morning, when Oklahoma hosts Iowa State on Senior Day, Ikard said he hopes the student section will be full and lively.

“I know it's an 11 a.m. game against an opponent that we've traditionally played really well against,” Ikard said. “We're just looking for the people to come out and show us some support.

“There are some seniors who have never played a down. There are some seniors who only play special teams. There's some seniors who have been scout team guys their entire careers. But there are a lot of great guys that deserve some appreciation and support from the fans for what they've done for the program.”