Oklahoma and Tulane will kick off the football season at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman, a decision announced late Monday afternoon by the University of Oklahoma.
The game had originally been scheduled to be played at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, but was moved due to the impact of Hurricane Ida.
Tulane will remain the home team, even in Norman, and the university will retain proceeds from ticket sales. Speaking of ticket sales, any tickets purchased through Tulane for the game in New Orleans will not work for the game in Norman, according to a press release sent by OU late Monday.
Because of the short notice, only the lower bowl of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be used for fans.
Also from the OU press release: The price of the lower-level tickets for season ticket holders will be $30, and $50 for suites and clubs to include hospitality. OU students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets priced at $20 beginning Tuesday. If tickets remain after season ticket and student requests are accommodated, a public sale will be held on Friday and those tickets will be available at $50 each.
"I wish that we could accommodate a full stadium for this game, but these are challenging circumstances with very little notice," University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said. "We rely on hundreds of trained professionals from several agencies to work with us on game day and have learned that it is not possible to be fully staffed for this event. We have thoroughly assessed the many aspects of hosting a game and there is no question that this is the right course of action."