NORMAN, Okla. – No. 11 Oklahoma and Texas battle in the AT&T Red River Rivalry on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Here's a quick rundown of information for Sooner fans to answer the most frequently asked questions leading up to the game.
Q. What time is the game?
Saturday's kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Q. Who is the home team?
Texas is the home team for the 2013 game and will wear its burnt orange jerseys. The Sooners will wear their white road uniforms and will occupy the sideline opposite the press box.
Q. Is the game a sellout?
Yes, the OU-Texas game has been a sellout every year since 1941. Capacity for Cotton Bowl Stadium is now 92,100 with the fans from both schools split down the middle at the 50-yard line.
Q. What changes have been made to OU’s uniforms this game?
Nike Football unveiled uniforms for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas that honor the shared heritage of these tradition-rich rivals who battle annually in the AT&T Red River Rivalry. The 2013 Nike Pro Combat Red River Rivalry uniforms feature gold and chrome accents to acknowledge both teams’ efforts to claim the Golden Hat Trophy. Both team jerseys will feature a classic gold Red River Rivalry patch above the numerals on the front of the jerseys, with those numbers outlined by "kiss-cut" gold twill. More Uniform Details
Q. What weather can we expect for the game?
At kickoff expect temperatures in the 70s to low 80s with a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. Be sure to check for the latest weather updates as game time approaches.
Q. What TV channel is the game on?
The game is being televised live on ABC with Brent Musberger and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Heather Cox on the sidelines.
Q. Where can I find the official OU pregame and postgame TV shows?
Sooner Sports Game Day is OU’s official pregame show. Sooner Sports Game Day airs one hour prior to kickoff on FOX Sports Oklahoma at 10 a.m. CT.
Sooner Sports Overtime is OU’s official postgame show. Sooner Sports Overtime is set to air on FOX Sports Oklahoma approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the game.
Q. How can I listen to the Sooners on the radio?
Fans can listen to the OU radio broadcast on any official Sooner Sports Network affiliate, Sirius 117, XM 202, or with your SoonerSports.com subscription. Broadcast begins two hours prior to kickoff at 9 a.m. CT with the Sooner Tailgate Show featuring Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, Teddy Lehman and Dusty Dvoracek. This show features interviews with coaches and players and a pregame conversation with head coach Bob Stoops. Following the game, the 90-minute Sooner Wrap-up Show features game highlights, player comments and postgame interviews with Coach Stoops and assistant coaches.
The game will also be broadcast on WestwoodOne Sports with John Sadak and Tim Brown on the call and Jason Horowitz hosting the pregame and halftime shows. To find the Westwood One affiliate nearest you, click here: http://westwoodonesports.com/stations
Q. How can I follow the Sooners online?
SoonerSports.com will provide comprehensive coverage throughout game day, bringing you closer to the Sooners than anyone else can with photos, videos and insights from inside the team. SoonerSports.tv will also provide an exclusive second screen experience new to this season featuring live commentary, analysis and statistics from the SoonerVision studio to complement the regular broadcast.
Q. What can we expect for the drive to Dallas?
In Oklahoma, all lanes of I-35 will be open. Traffic is expected to be heaviest Friday in Oklahoma and Texas. Slowdowns south of the Red River are expected. Once people get from Oklahoma into Denton County (Texas) it will get even more crowded all the way to the fairgrounds. Receive official Twitter updates: Oklahoma @OKDOT | Texas @TxDOT
Q. What are directions to the stadium?
Cotton Bowl Stadium is accessible from I-30 using Exit 48B if traveling eastbound or Exit 49B if traveling westbound. Use this address for GPS systems: 3750 Cotton Bowl Plaza, Dallas, TX, 75210.
Q. Where can I park for the game?
The parking fee on Official State Fair lots during the 2012 State Fair of Texas is $15 per space. More than 20,000 spaces are available in official State Fair lots. All State Fair parking is well lighted and conveniently near pedestrian gates. Valet parking will be offered again this year. Enter the Grand Avenue Gate from Cullum Blvd. (daily) or Parry/Haskell (Saturdays and Sunday) entrances to use this service. Valet parking is $30. Over-the-road buses are charged $45. All parking lots will open at 7 a.m. Tune in to 1650 AM for information.
Q. Where can I park my RV for the game?
RVs may arrive beginning Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 a.m. and must leave by noon on Sunday, Oct. 14. Accommodations will not be available for early arrivals. Access to RV parking is through Gate 16 off of Haskell Ave. Additional vehicle has in/out privileges. Lots open at 7 a.m. on Friday and close at noon on Sunday. RV parking is $125 and tow car parking is $50 for the entire stay. Cash payment is due at the gate upon entry. Cashier hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. only for Friday arrivals and 7 a.m. until one hour after kickoff on the day of the game. On-site RV parking sales are only available during the cashier hours listed.
Q. Is there public transportation available to the game?
Red River Rivalry visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to two stations - Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Fans may purchase a DART pass from a ticket vending machine at any DART rail station, from a bus operator, or from DART GoPass app available in the Apple or Google Play store.
Q. Where can I tailgate for the game?
The State Fair of Texas does not have a specific parking area reserved for tailgating prior to the game. Tailgating will be allowed on official State Fair lots (not in valet parking areas). Parking on official State Fair lots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is $15 per space. It is not possible to reserve adjacent spaces in advance or upon arrival. Open flames, tents and protective awnings are not allowed. Traffic flow and pedestrian traffic may not be impeded. Official State Fair lots open at 7 a.m.
Q. What time does Fair Park open?
All State Fair gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. each day and close at 10 p.m
Q. What time does the stadium open?
All Cotton Bowl gates will open at 9 a.m. (two hours prior to kickoff).
Q. When will the team buses pull up?
Sooner fans can welcome the Oklahoma football team (and greet the Longhorns) at approximately 9 a.m. Team buses will roll up Coliseum Drive and park at the southeast corner of the stadium near Gate L.
Q. What items are prohibited at the stadium?
Fans should follow similar rules and regulations for Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Alcoholic beverages, coolers of any type, backpacks, bags larger than 12 x 18 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.
Q. How can I find my seat?
Stadium attendants will assist fans in locating specific seating locations. Please refer to this seating chart to familiarize yourself with your section of the stadium. A stadium seating chart will also be available on the reverse of your game ticket.
Q. Do I have to pay State Fair admission if I have a ticket for the game?
No. Your admission to the State Fair is included on the day of the game and will be torn off the appropriate part of your game ticket at the State Fair entrance.
Q. Where is Will Call for the OU Athletics Ticket Office?
Oklahoma will operate a general Will Call at the north box office of the Coliseum Market Place building immediately east of the stadium (opposite Gate J).
Q. Where will the OU merchandise tent be located?
The OU Bookstore will operate an official merchandise tent for Sooner fans just outside Gate A of the stadium. The store will be open during normal State Fair hours on Friday and Saturday.
Q. 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.