Good news for 2019: there are only good changes this season at Memorial Stadium!
First and foremost: ALCOHOL! Yes, this season Oklahoma jumped on the “drinks at college stadiums” train, and we are all the better for it. While OU has been pretty mum on the specifics, there are a few details we can infer from last Spring’s pilot program.
We Are A Budweiser Stadium
Sorry Coors and Miller fans, the Bud Light will be flowing this season. Anheuiser-Busch has a stanglehold on most arenas and stadiums, and OU is no different. Judging from what saw during basketball season, here are some beers you can expect to see:
- Bud Light/Heavy (duh)
- Michelob Ultra
- Shock Top
- LandShark Lager
What About Crafts?
Last season, we saw a lack of local craft beer at basketball games and the Spring Game. However, I’d be willing to bet COOP Ale Works will be available. You can get several of their beers, such as the F5 and Horny Toad, at Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Dodgers and Oklahoma State games, so I’d expect to see the same in Norman.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CLAWS?!?!
Ah yes, the big question of all of this: what spiked seltzer will keep OU’s Greek Life in the stands and away from Campus Corner? Will it be the meme-worthy White Claw, or the less catchy Truly?
The answer? Neither.
Anheuser-Busch’s horse in the seltzer race is Bon and Viv’s SpikedSeltzer, a label that is very much on the back burner. I’d expect them to push this at Owen Field this Fall.
There is actually reliable wi-fi in stadium now! So you can check scores, make live bets and drop your hot takes in stadium now. Yay Millenials!
Reminders From Last Year:
Walkthrough Metal Detectors
This is probably the most impactful change made last season. If you have been to a recent NBA, NFL or OU basketball game, you should know about these and how the process works.
If you don’t, listen up now because I swear I’ll be pissed if I end up behind you in line.
When you are in line, make sure you know to take all your metal items out and have them ready to put in the little bowl. Or even better, bring as few metal items as possible. If you aren’t sure what to remove, here is a helpful graphic from OU Athletics to educate you.
Big reminder for everyone in route to the student section: buy plastic flasks, not metal. Your boots can’t save you now.
Clear Bag Policy
This one goes out to the girls and weirdos who bring backpacks to the game. Like the NFL and various other college teams and leagues, OU has implemented a clear bag policy. This means that non- clear bags and purses that are larger than 6.5 x 4.5 are banned. This means that you either have to ditch the purse or take it back and neither option is good.
Before you go, be absolutely sure that your clutch fits 6.5 x 4.5. Don’t guesstimate, because that will lead to you being almost 100% wrong and missing the first quarter because you had to turn back to your tailgate/home/car.
Attached below is an official bag policy graphic, if the explanation wasn’t clear enough.