NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma football team is not the only group that needs a game plan Saturday. Fans traveling to Norman for the game need one, too.
Ongoing construction work on Interstate 35 may cause traffic delays, and new requirements on what spectators can and cannot carry into the stadium may cause frustration at the gate. Fans would do well to plan ahead, police and OU officials said.
Kickoff for the Sooners' season opener with the University of Louisiana-Monroe is 6 p.m. Saturday.
Norman police advise motorists to allow plenty of time to get to the Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for kickoff. Police also recommend motorists take alternate routes that may help reduce traffic delays.
The biggest areas of concern are:
The I-35 overpass at Main Street, where entrance and exit ramps are closed because of work on the interchange.
The Canadian River bridge on I-35, just south of the State Highway 9E and Lindsey Street exits, where the roadway is narrowed to two lanes in both directions.
Northbound travelers to Norman should use State Highway 9 or Lindsey Street to access the stadium, police said.
Southbound travelers are urged to use Exit 113 — the left-lane exit onto U.S. 77 — or Exit 112, the Tecumseh Road exit. Either exit will allow motorists to avoid the I-35/Main Street construction zone.
Police have developed alternate routes to reach the stadium for southbound travelers who exit at U.S. 77 or Tecumseh Road. Officers will be on hand to direct traffic along the suggested routes beginning three hours before kickoff.
If possible, southbound motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes into Norman other than I-35.
Recommended alternatives are:
Western Avenue, or 60th Avenue NW, which has been widened to four lanes from Oklahoma City to Tecumseh Road.
Sunnylane Road, also known as Porter Avenue, and Sooner Road, also known as 12th Avenue NE, which also provide southbound entry into Norman's city limits.
All the alternate routes provide access to the same cross streets familiar to travelers, including Robinson, Main, Lindsey and SH 9.
For a complete list of items not allowed in the stadium, a gameday travel map or a stadium map, go to www.