Welcome to one of college football's great shrines... the Legends Lobby at the Barry Switzer Center. When it comes to college football success, few schools can match the University of Oklahoma. Inside these walls, visitors will learn of the Sooners' rich history and overwhelming accomplishments.
The coaching eras begin with the legendary Bennie Owen on the north wall. As visitors work their way around the room, they will travel through time with other Oklahoma coaches like Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops. Video screens in these wall panels highlight specific coaching eras on a perpetual DVD.
The kiosks set in the middle of the room recognize the seven national championships. The cases include trophies and artifacts, as well as a capsule of each season and the pivotal game of each campaign.
Some of the special artifacts on display include a fund-raising brochure used for the original stadium construction, the ball used to score the first touchdown ever against Nebraska on Owen Field, a fan's megaphone from the 1930's, one of Bud Wilkinson's fedora hats, Joe Washington's silver shoes, championship rings presented to Sooner players and coaches, a windbreaker worn by Barry Switzer and a visor worn by Bob Stoops.
Five other kiosks titled Bowl Supremacy take a special look at Oklahoma's trips to the Orange, Fiesta, Rose, Sugar and Cotton Bowls. The ceiling mounts are replicas of the bowl program covers from Oklahoma's bowl games.
While the second floor concentrates primarily on team accomplishments, the third floor exhibit takes a closer look at the outstanding individual achievements of Sooner players. The five Heisman Trophies are featured in the main floor space. The trophies won by Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford greet visitors as they first enter the area.
To the left of the Heisman display are cases dedicated to more national awards. The bronze plates mounted on each side of the case list the major awards and Oklahoma's winners. The trophies featured in the case are representative of the awards won by Sooner players.
The eastern-most area displays the OU representatives who have been inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, and those who have achieved first-team Academic All-America status. Displays on the north and south walls recognize all-conference and All-America players as well as those who have had careers in the professional ranks. Touch screens in these displays allow fans to look up information and highlights on specific players.
As the Legends Lobby is attached to a working office area, noise levels should be kept to a minimum. This also will add to the enjoyment for other visitors. Those touring the facility are asked to refrain from touching plexi-glass cases. All children visiting the Legends Lobby should be accompanied by an adult. Food and drink are prohibited in the exhibit areas at all times.
Visitors to the Legends Lobby should confine their visit to the exhibit area only. Other areas of the Switzer Center are not open to the public. Your cooperation is appreciated. Both video and still cameras are permitted. Any images captured here are for personal use only and may not be distributed without permission of the University of Oklahoma.
Guided group tours of the Legends Lobby are available by calling (405) 325-2345. Interested parties should make arrangements at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit.
For information regarding the donation of items to the Legends Lobby, contact the OU Athletics Media Relations Office (405) 325-8231. Donated items, while encouraged, become the property of the University of Oklahoma and cannot be returned.
The OU Athletics Department accepts monetary donations designated for the Legends Lobby. These gifts help Oklahoma maintain and improve this state-of-the-art display area. Individuals interested in supporting the Legends Lobby should contact the Sooner Club (405) 325-8000.
Legends Lobby is an evolving display. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Information that might enhance or correct that which is on display should be forwarded to the OU Athletics Media Relations Office, McClendon Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, 180 W. Brooks, Norman, OK, 73019.