Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Football: Autograph Session to Follow Spring Game

Fans will get the opportunity to meet their favorite Sooners players on April 13 as a free 45-minute autograph session will follow the University of Oklahoma Spring Football Game on Owen Field. The autograph session will be available only to those fans who attend the game. No post-game-only access will be permitted.

Kickoff for the OU Spring Game presented by U.S. Fleet Tracking is set for 2 p.m. on April 13, while gates open at 12:30 p.m. Advance tickets are currently available for $5 online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-4668. The price will increase to $10 on April 10.

All seating is general admission for the Spring Game. A Spring Game program will be available for purchase, as will stadium seats. The Gomer Jones Center will be open for medical care.

All normal game entry policies remain in place for the Spring Game relative to permitted items. Campus parking lots will be open and free of charge for fans attending the Spring Game.

Members of the Sooner Kids Club and children five and under will also be admitted free. For more information on joining the Sooners Kids Club, call (405) 325-6353 or view information online at OU students also are admitted free of charge by showing a current OU ID at the gate.

Fans may enter the stadium at Gates 1, 5, 7 and 12. The Sooner Kids Club check-in is at Gate 5. Seating will be restricted to the lower deck with ADA seating available in the south end zone section.

Prior to the Spring Game, fans are invited to attend the second annual Big Boomer Barbeque, which will be held immediately north of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in the Brooks Street parking lot located near McCasland Field House.

A total of 1,000 tickets will be available for fans wishing to enjoy barbecue from several local vendors, plus chips and a beverage for only $10. No advance tickets will be sold. Vendors currently scheduled to participate included Head Country, Smokin' Okies, Budro's and Homeland (cooked by Kingfisher Kookers). Gates will open for the Big Boomer Barbeque at 10 a.m. with food service beginning at noon.

The Big Boomer Barbeque also includes a number of free activities and events for the entire family. Banana Seat will once again provide live music, while amusement rides including Pirate's Revenge, Elephants, Apples, Hurricane and Castlemania will be available for all ages. The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone will be part of the event, along with an autograph tent featuring selected OU coaches and student-athletes.

The Sooner Sports TV pregame show will broadcast live from the Big Boomer Barbeque, while Academy Sports and Chick-Fil-A will both be on premises along with the GoVision JumboTron. The Sooner Schooner and OU Spirit Squads are also slated to make appearances.

In addition to the Big Boomer Barbeque, this year's OU Spring Merchandise Sale will begin at 8 a.m. in McCasland Field House prior to the OU Spring Football Game. The spring sale features numerous vendors. The OU Bookstore and other OU fan shops will be selling officially-licensed merchandise at discounted prices. The OU Equipment Room will also have a variety of jerseys and equipment for sale.

Fans who shop at the OU Spring Sale before the game are encouraged to drop off purchases at their vehicles, as bags larger than 10" x 10" will not be permitted into the stadium.

/// SoonerSports PR
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