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Sooners finally announce plans for spring game … and it’s big

Sooners finally announce plans for spring game … and it’s big

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, pressures quarterback Kyler Murray, left, as he prepares to throw during an NCAA college football practice in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department has announced several details surrounding the April 14 spring football game, including a pregame concert inside Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium by country music star Trace Adkins.

Adkins, who has sold more than 11 million albums, won three Academy of Country Music Awards and has a long track record of supporting U.S. troops and veterans (he has served as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and participated in 12 USO tours), will start his concert set at 12:30 p.m. in the stadium’s north end zone stands. The spring game is scheduled to kick off at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Tickets for OU football season ticket holders cost $5 and will go on sale Wednesday, March 28 at noon CT. Season ticket holders should log in to their season ticket account to order, or can call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-4668 during normal business hours.

Tickets for non-season ticket holders cost $10 and will go on sale here on Thursday, March 29 at noon CT. Online orders are subject to a nominal convenience fee at the time of purchase, and additional fees may apply.

The OU Athletics Department is also offering a limited number of $25 tickets that will allow fans on the field for the concert and provide seating for the game in Section 5 (west side of stadium near midfield). All other seating is general admission, and normal game entry policies remain in place relative to permitted items. Campus parking lots will be open and free of charge for fans, and stadium gates will open to the public at 11 a.m.

OU’s spring game will once again salute the Sooner Jr. program with elementary school partners across the State. Students in selected school districts will receive a flyer at school that can be redeemed for one complimentary admission for a student and up to three guests. Students can present this flyer at Gate 5 for admittance.

OU students will receive free admission to the game by showing a current OU ID at the gate. Sooner Jr. Kids Club members will also receive complimentary admission, and parents of Sooner Jr. Kids Club members may purchase tickets for $5 (look for information via email).

A list of ancillary activities taking place on April 14, as well as additional game day information, is below:

SPRING SALE
The day’s festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the annual OU Spring Sale in McCasland Field House with vendors including the OU Bookstore, the OU Equipment Room and retail outlets selling a wide variety of apparel and Sooners’ merchandise.

SOONER FAN FEST
Starting at 9:30, fans will be able to purchase tailgating cuisine from some of the area’s top food trucks, as well as enjoy music, sponsor interactives and the GoVision Jumbotron at Fan Fest in the McCasland Field House parking lot (northwest corner of Jenkins Ave./Brooks St. intersection).

BOB STOOPS STATUE DEDICATION
At 10 a.m., a Bob Stoops recognition and statue dedication will take place on the lawn directly south of the Switzer Center. Stoops, who guided OU to bowl games in each of his 18 seasons as head coach, is the program’s all-time wins leader with a 190-48 (.798) record. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. Stoops will also be recognized during the spring game.

HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION
Heisman Memorial Trophy representatives will be on hand to officially present the OU Athletics Department with its copy of Baker Mayfield’s 2017 trophy.

RADIO BROADCAST
The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. The game can be heard on 107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City and 97.5 FM KMOD in Tulsa, and will be streamed on TuneIn Radio. Check local listings for an affiliate in your area.

TV BROADCAST
Sooner Sports TV’s live broadcast of the spring game will start at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Southwest, SoonerSports.tv and the SoonerSports apps including Apple TV and Roku. Chad McKee, Dusty Dvoracek and Jessica Coody will announce. OU’s “Sooner Gameday” show will air at 12:30 p.m.

GAME PROGRAMS
Game programs will be available for purchase for $3 at select locations in and around the stadium.

SEASON TICKET INFO
2018 Oklahoma Football season tickets are available for as little as a $100 per seat donation plus the ticket cost. Click here to sign up for more information, or call (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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