The OU Athletics Department welcomed season ticket holders to an open house Saturday.
NORMAN, Okla. --
An estimated crowd of more than six thousand Sooner fans enjoyed the first Season Ticket Holder Super Saturday in Norman.
The event provided season ticket holders a true, inside look at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Everest Indoor Center and the Switzer Center. Along the way, they toured everything from the press box to the new locker room to Bob Stoops' office.
Fans were also able to step onto Owen Field, tour the stadium suites, the press box, the weight room, the equipment room, the training room, SoonerVision's studios and team meeting areas. Members of OU's staff, including Vice President for Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, were on hand at all of the facilities to welcome fans and explain areas of operation.
"Our program has continued to grow, and that's a good thing, but in that growth we want to maintain a close bond with our fans," Castiglione said."We want to meet those who support us on a personal level. This event afforded us that opportunity, and by its very nature as a unique inside look, let our fans know just how special they are to us."
If you attended the event, we'd like to hear from you. Post responses on the OU Athletics Department Facebook page
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The event was part of OU's Year of the Fan. For complete information and more events, please visit this page
SOONER FAN RESPONSES
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"We took the whole family and had an awesome time! Lots of good photos too! Thanks OU for giving us a chance to see things we would never have been able to see! Coach Stoops' office and the boys' locker room was the best! The suites weren't too bad either. Boomer Sooner! - Erin
"We had a great time!!!!! Everyone was so nice and it was great to be able to see everything." - Starr
"Please thank everyone who had a hand in Super Saturday. We had a wonderful day and were just delighted to be able to see all the beautiful facilities we have been so curious about. Everyone was so kind and helpful and gracious! Last year I told my husband that before I died I wanted to walk on Owen Field and today, thanks to you all, I fulfilled my wish! That alone was worth the drive from Tulsa!" - Karen & Dan
"We had an awesome time! Thanks for having us we loved getting to see everything!" - Lauren
"It was great getting to see the behind the scenes areas!" - Leticia
"Super Saturday was awesome!! I loved seeing the behind the scene facilities. I know I am biased, but any recruit and parents who see the facilities would have to know that they are second to none. I also loved seeing key staff members (Joe C) around to greet fans." - Jeanne
"This was great! Had a super time. Thanks." - Patti
"Loved it!! It was a blast to see things we don't see on the football field and to be ON the football field! This needs to happen every year!" - Robin
"Thanks for doing this. What other team in the nation embraces the history, the tradition, and the fans like The University of Oklahoma? The best state of the luxuries, and every player and coach deserves nothing less. Thank-you again." - Stephen
"What a great idea, we really enjoyed the tour." - Darlyne
"Thanks OU for allowing us a behind the scenes look at a wonderful facility. My top wish was to step out onto the field - only wished I could stand on the OU in the middle - maybe next year? PLEASE do this annually! It'll help convert our VT Hokie son-in-law quicker!" - John
"What a "trip"! Made this 62-year-old feel like a wild eyed youngster again!" - Manuel
"My family and I had a great time!!!! Thanks so much to everyone that made this happen!!!! " - Bless
"Just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to see such a fantastic place. You know you go to all the games and see things on TV but to actually get to go there was unbelieveable. My wife and I want to say THANK YOU so much." - Stan
"I am 65 years old and am a season ticket holder going on 12 years. I have always wanted to see the view from the press box but that was wishful thinking until that day. Thank you OU for this opportunity. My first football game at OU was in 1964. My two grandsons and nephew and wife enjoyed this occassion and Oklahoma does play like champions. Thanks." - Ralph
"Access to all of the facilities was GREAT! We truly do have a top notch sports facility. The idea for fans to walk around the different ares was a good idea. I went back to Lawton and showed some pictures that some have never seen before. Thanks for a good time." - Michael
"I would just like to thank Joe Castiglione and the entire athletic department for hosting the Super Saturday. It was a great event and I had a great time meeting members of the athletic department and touring the facilities. I now feel closer to the football program than I have felt before, and I think that events like this will help to make the crowd at OU home games feel more connected to the program and the team. My parents are season ticket holders as well, and they thoroughly enjoyed the event. Both myself and my parents will be cheering as loudly as possible come fall. Boomer Sooner and thanks again." - William
"I had a great time. My brother attended w/me. He loved standing on the field as I did. I loved seeing the locker room. Awesome. Had pic taken w/ Mr. Castiglione. I did everything except see Mr. Stoops office. So I hope there will be another Super Saturday. Great job. Go Sooners." - John
"I enjoyed visiting the Academic Center the most since I had been previously to some of the other stops on the map. Since I was one of a very few visitors at the time I was there I was able to engage several of the staff in extended conversations about their particular areas of responsibility. I came away with a great appreciation for all that is available to OU athletes. I wish more fans had taken the opportunity of visiting the Academic Center. I view it as a very important component of the athletic department since without it many athletes may not succeed in their collegiate experience without its resources. Also every Sooner Club staff that I encountered was very friendly, helpful, and informative. All in all a very nice event." - Anonymous
"My 7 year old son and I attended the Season Ticket Holder Super Saturday tour of Memorial Stadium and we had a great time. I just wanted to thank you for doing this and let you know everything was first class and we enjoyed seeing and talking to your support staff. Thanks again." - Matt
"Thanks for a great fan day on open house Saturday. I brought my kids and grandkids and they were totally mesmerized by the whole experience (as was I). As a 20 year season ticket holder that day ranks as one we won't soon forget. Thanks again." - Mike
"Thank you so much for allowing the fans this chance to see everything Saturday. It was awesome. As a Sooner fan for 35 years, it was especially awesome to walk on Owen Field. As a Pride member, my daughter gets to all the time! Thanks again." - Richard & Teresa
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