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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

Trophies, game tickets and game balls lined a wall, and a box on his center table is full of watches from bowl games. 

Nathan Sparks, Deligans' nephew, pulled out his phone to snap a photo. He wasn't expecting to see so many ornate watches. 

They walked through the hallway of blown-up Sports Illustrated cover photos, then down a few flights of stairs and out the Switzer Center and onto Owen Field. 

“Wow,” said Joe Rosso, another of Deligans' nephews.  

He turned around and around as he surveyed the stadium from the ground. 

 

An event photographer asked to snap their photo and Deligans' son, Ryan, stood next to his dad and smiled. Then Deligans turned to Sparks' son Brayden and said, “Work hard. Jump rope and you can be out here. It's going to take a lot of hard work. It's not like the old days. There's more competition.” 

Seconds later, he pointed to a spot in the end zone where he watched Notre Dame score the touchdown that broke Oklahoma's win streak on that day back in 1957. 

“It was a $5 ticket that day,” he said. “I pulled all the change out of the pockets I had and gave it to the lady at the counter. I had $4.86. She told me, ‘Aw, honey. You're close enough.' She gave me my red ticket. 

“When the gates open, I raced to a seat in the end zone and didn't move. It didn't matter. I didn't have any money for a Coke.” 

His family smiled as he recounted the story. 

For one more Saturday, a king returned to his kingdom.