U2 crowd will be smaller than game day, Norman police say

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Modified: October 17, 2009 at 9:37 am •  Published: October 17, 2009
NORMAN — Police said they will deal with traffic for the Sunday night U2 concert much like they do traffic on University of Oklahoma game days.

About 50,000 to 60,000 people are expected to attend the rock concert that begins at 7 p.m. at the Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Doors open at 5 p.m.

As traffic volume demands it, Lindsey Street will be one-way east before the concert and one-way west afterwards, Capt. Michael Praizner said.

Officers will be posted at major intersections to help direct traffic.

Those attending the concert are urged to arrive early. Parking at the Lloyd Noble Center is recommended. The cost is $15, which includes round-trip shuttle service.

On OU game days, Praizner said, "we’ve been dealing with crowds of 80,000-plus, so this concert actually will bring in a little less traffic than on game days.”

Concertgoers who choose to park in residential neighborhoods should be aware that parking is limited to one side of the street, Praizner said.

Officers also will be on the lookout for drunken drivers, Praizner said.

"If you plan to include alcohol in your concert experience, you are encouraged to have a designated driver or make other transportation arrangements,” he said.

OSU plans homecoming events

Several events are planned today to celebrate Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming. For more information, go to www.orangeconnection.org.

→Cowboy Corral: 11 a.m., ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

→Black Alumni Association meeting and luncheon: 11 a.m., Student Union, Oklahoma Room.

→Alumni registration: Noon to 7:45 p.m., ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

→Sea of Orange Parade: 2 p.m., Main and 12.

→Cowboy Corral: Photographs with Bullet: 4:30 to 5 p.m., ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

→Cowboy Corral: Pep Rally: 5:30 p.m., ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

→College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Barbeque: 5:30 p.m., Wes Watkins Center Exhibition Hall.

→The Walk: 6 p.m., Hester Street from Student Union to Boone Pickens Stadium.

→College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Reunion: 6:15 p.m., ATRC Vogt Room.

→Spears School of Business Reunion: 6:15 p.m., Business Building Lobby.

→College of Arts and Sciences Reception: 6:15 p.m., Murray Hall Lobby.

→Football: Okla-homa State University vs. University of Missouri, 8:15 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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