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Oklahoma football: Q&A for fans of the Red River Rivalry

Berry Tramel takes a look at some key details for fans heading to the Cotton Bowl or watching from home.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 11, 2012

/articleid/3717926/1/pictures/1855133">Photo - An Oklahoma fan holds their ticket during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
An Oklahoma fan holds their ticket during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

What time does Fair Park open?

All gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. each day and close at 10 p.m.

What time does the stadium open?

All Cotton Bowl Stadium gates will open at 9 a.m.

When will the team buses pull up?

Both teams arrive between approximately 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Team buses will roll up Coliseum Drive and park at the southeast corner of the stadium near Gate L.

What items are prohibited at the stadium?

Fans should follow the same rules and regulations for OU home games. Alcoholic beverages, coolers of any type, backpacks, bags larger than 12x18 inches, banners, beverage containers, professional cameras, strollers, tripods, flag poles, equipment cases, non-fair food or drink and umbrellas are not allowed. All items entering stadium are subject to security search.

Is State Fair admission charged for game ticket-holders?

No. Game ticket-holders are admitted to the fair on Saturday. Fair admission is $16 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens.

Will OU merchandise be sold at the fair?

The OU Bookstore will operate an official merchandise tent for Sooner fans just outside Gate A of the stadium. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

What's the weather forecast?

Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 80s for the game with a 30 percent chance of rain. Humidity is anticipated to be at 68 percent with winds at 18 mph from the south.

What are State Fair coupons?

Food, rides and drinks are purchased with coupons, which are sold for 50 cents each at coupon booths located throughout the grounds. American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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