Answers to frequently asked questions for Saturday's OU-Texas game in Dallas.
Printable Sooner Fan Packet (Fair Map, Parking Map, Directions & Stadium Chart)
NORMAN, Okla. --
It's Friday of OU-Texas week in Norman and the Sooners are focused on their tilt with the Longhorns on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. 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 11:09 a.m. CT at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
Q. What channel will the game be on?
OU-Texas will be a national broadcast on ABC
. Brent Musberger will call the game with analysis from Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reports from Erin Andrews.
Q. Is ESPN's College GameDay on site?
Yes, the broadcast on ESPNU begins at 8 a.m. before moving to ESPN at 9 a.m. The set will be located across from the Texas Hall of State on the fairgrounds before it moves inside the Cotton Bowl for the final 30 minutes of the broadcast. Saturday will mark the 27th time GameDay has been on site for an OU game.
ESPN College GameDay Site
| OU All-Time on GameDay
Q. Who is the home team?
Texas is the home team for the 2011 game and will wear its orange jerseys. The Sooners will wear their white road uniforms and will occupy the sideline opposite the press box. OU is always the home team in even-numbered years.
Q. Which side of the stadium will Sooner fans be located?
Oklahoma fans will be seated in their traditional location on the south side of the stadium (No. 3 in map above) surrounding the tunnel (entering Gates G, J, K, L, M and A). Here is the seating chart
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 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:
| 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.
Fans can view real-time traffic info for the Metroplex here
Q. Where can I park for the game?
View this PDF
for parking areas around Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadium. The parking fee on Official State Fair lots during the 2011 State Fair of Texas is $15 per space. 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.
Q. Where can I park my RV for the game?
RVs may arrive beginning Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 a.m. and must leave by noon on Sunday, Oct. 9. 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. View this page
for complete RV parking information.
Q. What are other options for getting 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. View specific information
for DART for Saturday, Oct. 8. View this printable map
for gameday routes.
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 Fair lots (not in valet parking areas). Parking on official 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 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 Stadium 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)
between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. Team buses will roll up Coliseum Drive (No. 2 in map above).
Q. What items are prohibited at the stadium?
Fans should follow the same rules and regulations for Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Prohibited items are listed here
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 (designed by Texas as the home team this year).
Q. Do I have to pay fair admission if I have a ticket for the game?
No. Your admission to the Fair is included on the day of the game and will be torn off the appropriate part of your game ticket at the Fair entrance.
Q. Where is Will Call for the OU Athletics Ticket Office?
Oklahoma Will Call will be located in the corner of the
Coliseum Market Place building (No. 1 in map at top of page) immediately east of the stadium (opposite Gate J). The window opens at 7 a.m.
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 (No. 4 on map at top of page). On Friday, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Q. What weather can we expect for the game?
Temps are forecast to be in the 80s for the game with a 30% chance of precipitation (isolated thunderstorms). Humidity at 49% with 12 mph winds from the southeast.
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
Q. How can I listen to the Sooners on the radio?
Fans can listen to the OU radio broadcast featuring Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank and Roy Williams on any official Sooner Sports Network affiliate
. Nationally broadcast on ESPN Radio
Q. How can I listen to the Sooners on satellite radio?
Oklahoma's radio broadcast for the game will be available on Sirius channel 91 and XM Channel 91. The satellite radio college football broadcast schedule is here
Q. How can I follow the Sooners online?
SoonerSports.com will again deliver its live blog from the game here
. Official live stats are available online for free here
. A live audio stream of the OU radio broadcast of the game is available for Oklahoma All-Access subscribers here
Q. How can I follow the Sooners on social media?
The OU Athletics Department will post updates via its official Twitter feed
(use "#Sooners" to search for similar posts) and Facebook
. Also view the personal Twitter feed of Kenny Mossman (OU's A.D. for Communications) here
for his perspective on the game from the press box. Complete social media options for the Sooners are available here
Q. Where can I watch the game with Sooner fans?
The OU Alumni Association maintains a listing of official OU Clubs
throughout the nation. Contact the club nearest you (or visit their website) for information on watch parties in your area.