1. The Sooner Schooner
Oklahoma University’s mascot is one of the most iconic mascots in all of college football. Pulled by two white ponies named Boomer and Sooner, the Schooner is a smaller sized replica of a wagon used by settlers in the late 1880’s. It is brought onto the field after each score by the all male RUF/NEK spirit squad while students chant “Boomer! Sooner!”
2. The Red River Showdown
The annual Oklahoma/Texas game is a long-standing rivalry that has been waging since 1900 and is one of the most intense in all of the college football. The game itself has been played in Dallas every year since 1912 with a few exceptions. The Dallas location allows for the accommodate of both sets of fans and means that you’re sure to come in contact with rival fans when attending the Red River Showdown.
The RUF/Neks are an all-male pep squad and hold the honor of being the oldest all-male pep squad in the country. One of the RUF/NEKs most famous traditions is running down the field with OU flags and sliding into the goal posts. Once they reach the goal post they perform the FADADA chant, which really gets the crowd into a frenzy. Keep your eyes peeled for the RUF/NEKs, who really get the crowd pumped on game day.
4. Play Like a Champion Today!
Since the 1940s Sooners players and coaches have been touching the Play Like a Champion Today! Sign on their way out of the locker room. The Sooners even have a travel sign they take on the road allowing them to continue the tradition wherever they go. The saying is so ingrained into Oklahoma football tradition that the team runs out onto the field under a crimson Play Like a Champion Today! banner.
5. Sooner Fan Fest
If you’re looking for pregame entertainment for the whole family, then look no further than Sooner Fan Fest. Here you’ll find a wide variety of interactive activities, food stands, a live band, and you can even see the Sooner Schooner and ponies up close in person.
6. Giant Video Scoreboard
The giant scoreboard at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is the 8th biggest in all of college football, and it will get even bigger thanks to a recently approved $370, which will see the scoreboard’s size increase to a massive 8,750 square feet. Check out this massive scoreboard as there is a good chance you may even get to see yourself on it.
7. Legends Lobby at the Barry Switzer Center
The Legends Lobby is an impressive shrine to the history Oklahoma University Sooners football. The lobby is filled with an extensive memorabilia collection including biographies of OU’s greatest, Heisman trophies, championship trophies, and features former Coach Merv Johnson as a tour guide. Regardless of your team affiliation, this lobby is a must see for college football fans everywhere.
8. The Pride of Oklahoma
With great school pride comes a great marching band. One of the only school marching bands to appear in both the Rose Bowl Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the Pride of Oklahoma is one of the best bands in the country. Make sure to stay in your seat at halftime as you wouldn’t want to miss their incredible halftime performance.
9. Campus Corner
With over 70 restaurants, boutiques, and shops, there is something for everyone at Campus Corner. The corner also offers a variety of live music venues, bars, and coffee shops, most of which host many events and activities to enjoy. Stop by Campus Corner to get the most out of your visit to Norman.
10. The OU Chant
Everyone who wears the crimson and cream of the Oklahoma Sooners is expected to stand and raise one finger in the air during the OU Chant. Written in 1936, the Chant fires up the crowd, as well as the athletes, while the index finger in the air symbolizes the unity of Sooner nation. Join in on the OU Chant to really feel a part of Sooner Nation.