Thursday, November 3, 2016

Don't Expect Oklahoma to Host Thursday Night Game Anytime Soon

On Thursday, the Sooners are fulfilling their weeknight obligation that comes along every three years. It’s written into the Big 12 Conference’s contracts with ESPN and FOX. At some point, everyone has to make themselves available for a non-weekend game. The Sooners meeting with the Cyclones at Jack Trice is their second since the deal went into effect.

OU’s last Thursday game was at Baylor in 2013. Stoops, Castiglione and Boren are unified that if the Sooners are going to play on a Thursday or Friday night, it will be on the road.

The Sooners’ have no interest in hosting one of these games.

“Yeah, that won't be happening I'll bet,” Stoops said. “We wouldn't do that to our fans.”

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A weeknight game would be a disaster for the Sooners. It’s hard enough getting to Norman on gameday as it is. Throw in normal Thursday rush-hour traffic in Oklahoma City down through Norman and it would be travel chaos.

The hit Norman business owners, who depend on gameday Saturdays as part of their business models, would be massive. The shot they take is harsh when an 11 a.m. kickoff takes away pregame business. A weeknight game cuts the postgame out as well.

Luckily for them, the Sooners lack the setup to make a weeknight a game plausible. Owen Field’s on campus location means it’s impossible to be open for class and absorb 85,000 fans. (More at Norman Transcript)

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