2005 - 8-4
2006 - 11-3
2007 - 11-3
2008 - 12-2
2009 - 8-5
2010 - 12-2
2011 - 10-3
2012 - 10-3
We could have one of the more spoiled fan bases in the country.
What little that has been done hasn’t come close to keeping up with the stadium expansions.... but worse it’s hasn’t come close to keeping up with the population growth of OU and the city of Norman.
There are several solutions that would help…..
Some, but not all, are fairly cheap considering the millions that are spent by OU fans during each home game.
You have 85K people coming in for an event. I'm not sure what you think can be done. That many people in cars is going to be congested.
If nothing else, it’s a much discussed issue of safety as the increased congestion does delay emergency response times.
Due to the growth of Norman and OU I am not talking about doing very much that isn’t already needed in the everyday life of Norman area residents.
An OKC bypass for I44 for travelers from Tulsa that pulls off north of Jones, weaves east of Tinker (probably around the I40/I240 divide) then west of Lake Thunderbird and reconnects with I35 at Purcell, offering access to Highway 9 so that Tulsa travelers approach the campus from the East and OKC travelers approach the campus from the North, instead of both metro areas funneling their traffic from the north on I35.
But OU and the city of Norman could better handle game day traffic and widen several city streets that are needed any way. Commuter rail will eventually be built and would help if it has enough capacity.
Don't get me started on light rail. Nobody is going to ride the train! Sounds good in theory. We are trained in this society to come and go as we want, to stop and eat when we want on our own schedules. Amtrak and all passenger rail is nothing but a government money suck. The cost to build what you are proposing versus the need and wants of the general public doesn't even come close to a break even proposition.
I agree that Norman needs some traffic work. But that is more on an overall need rather than just for 5-6 Saturdays a year.
Pre-game margaritas at field level was pretty cool.
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Do the people wanting to get rid of their tickets think this was a bad year? They must not have gone through the Gibbs, Blake, Schelly years. If I kept my tickets, even buying two more, why would it even cross my mind to not renew my tickets. I am considering selling two just for the fact that the kids no longer live here and it gets to be a hassle selling single game tickets.
As resident of Norman I know many who want better city of Norman streets including OU fans who live in Norman as do. The city of Norman just passed a major streets bond package that won in an election by a major margin, this includes widening west Lindsey Street in part to improve the traffic flow from campus, but it’s VERY limited in scope.
So obviously there is major support in Norman to improve the streets. Just not all of the right ones IMO.
Like I said until I'm SOONER DEAD and I will Proudly Pass Them on to my Boys Who will also keep them until they are SOONER DEAD and will Pass them to my Grandchildren.
It's not just because 85,000 people are leaving at once. That only makes a bad situation worse. Traffic in Norman is the complete shits. The only time traffic is tolerable in Norman is in the summer. Norman isn't a big town area wise, so there's a lot of people condensed in a small area. There is little parking, and traffic sucks because all car inevitably have to go through Lindsay, Main, Robinson, or 12th, Flood, 24th.
My last semester at OU, I lived in OKC in between 89th St and Earlywine park. It took me 45 minutes to get to class. But only 20 to get to Norman.
And yes, tickets are bad investments. I sold extra tickets in 03 and 04 to UCLA and Oregon and didn't get face value. I've met people in the past that have this false idea that getting OU football tickets is difficult and/or crazy expensive. I always tell them that unless it's a marquee game, you can walk up to the stadium and likely find someone who will simply give you a ticket.
Only time OU tickets were impossible to get was the Sugar Bowl against LSU in Jan 04. That shit was ridiculous.
There have been several incidents in recent years where response times have been seriously delayed due to football congestion. Less congestion makes Norman a safer place for ourselves and for our visitors…
These are a few of my thoughts on Norman area traffic improvements.
Make Flood Street one way north bound after a game to Robinson. We could expand the traffic light system that keeps traffic lights green longer on major streets. We could temporarily cover up several stop signs along several major streets near campus.
Go ahead and 4 lane Lindsey all the way from I-35 to campus. 4 lane Jenkins from Lindsey to HY-9
Extend HY 9 on the north side of the river to 48 thstreet SW and to 60 th street SW. The state should turn some of these roads into state highways.
Other things like commuter rail and an east side metro by-pass are in various planning stages. Both will likely eventually be built…. These would help the entire metro area.
Norman is the 3 largest city in Oklahoma and its growing…But for the 3 largest city with a very significant commuter population the state should be doing a lot more to improve the surface transportation in and around Norman.
No, mine are free.
(Shouldnt I be banned?)
Outside of the daily clogging at I235 and I44, northbound traffic up to Edmond from downtown OKC is a relative breeze. One of the reasons why is because there's I235, I35, and to an extent, the Lake Hefner parkway that spans the width of Edmond and thus disperses traffic. Norman has I35 and...what? Sooner road? It's a mess. For a city of 100,000, Norman has some sparse highway access when considering there is one major entry point into Norman from the two major metro areas in OK. A bypass that routes all the Midwest-to-TX traffic east of downtown OKC and reconnects I35 at Purcell will also provide a second funnel into Norman from the east. The closer it can hug Norman the better. There are people who commute to campus who live outside of Norman. From Tinker, from Shawnee, and even from Tulsa. Reducing gameday traffic is icing on the cake for any initiative that reduces daily congestion on I35.
On an east OKC metro interstate by-pass
If you look at a satellite map you can see that the river runs more less east and west in an area west of Nobel. This would be a good location for a major bridge. The new freeway could connect with I -35 somewhere near mile marker 100. A mile or so north of the river the freeway could curve back to the northeast before turning more northerly on the east side of Norman. There is still plenty of vacant land between 36th and 48th on the east side of town. The freeway could be built to the east sides of Tinker AF before continuing north to 44 and reconnecting with I–35.
In the Norman area east west streets would be improved to the new interstate this would reduce congestion on several major east - west streets. Jenkins should be 6 landed to HY 9 with an over pass over HY 9. A 4 landed Jenkins would continue south to the new freeway… This would give OU a southern entrance. It would also reduce congestion on HY9, Lindsey Street and I 35. This would become the primary root for anyone coming to OU or central Norman from south OK or north TX.
Folks coming to Norman from Tulsa or eastern OK or even from northern OK could use the eastern interstate by-pass. This would be a much better route for many heavy trucks that pass though the metro area.