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Sooner or later: OU fans advised to have game plan for football traffic Saturday in Norman

Road construction and new rules on what you can carry into the stadium mean University of Oklahoma fans traveling to Norman for Saturday's football game need to plan ahead.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: August 29, 2013

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The best advice for game-day attendees is to leave home early, allow plenty of time to get to the stadium and expect a certain amount of traffic delays, Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said.

Parking issues

All public street parking will be identified by signs and yellow curbs. Yellow curbs, fire lanes and tow zones will be monitored and the regulations enforced.

Parking is limited to one side of the street in many areas to allow adequate space for emergency vehicles to negotiate the roadway.

The university offers free parking at the Lloyd Noble Center. A shuttle runs continuously, starting three hours before game time until one hour after the game. The cost to ride the shuttle is $2 per round trip.

Police urge fans to park legally so their day isn't spoiled by a towed vehicle. Violations that can result in tows include blocking driveways, streets or alleys, or illegally parking in fire lanes, by a fire hydrant, on private property or in a handicapped spot.

Stadium prohibitions

Some policy changes this year may affect what fans plan to carry into the stadium. For example, women's purses must now be smaller than 10 inches by 10 inches. Only clear, empty water bottles will be allowed in for drinking water. No seat cushions or chair backs will be allowed in, although seat backs will be available for rent.

Lindy Roberts, OU's assistant athletic director for events and facilities, said no bags with merchandise will be allowed, even if the bag is clear. No bags, backpacks, string backpacks or fanny packs are allowed.

Roberts said these changes have been made to keep fans and the football team safe in the stadium, keep fans comfortable and prevent people from tripping or falling over large purses or bags.

Other items not allowed in the stadium include umbrellas, strollers, banners or signs and professional cameras.

All carried items and entrants are subject to search, Roberts said. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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