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The Oklahoman: Why 5,000 Sooners season-ticket holders didn't get seats

The Oklahoman: Why 5,000 Sooners season-ticket holders didn't get seats

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Oklahoma Sooners vs Missouri State Bears

With cutout fans in front of them, Oklahoma fans sit in the stands before the Sooners face off against the Missouri State Bears at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

About 5,000 OU football season-ticket holders who wanted seats this season can't be accommodated safely, said Patrick Nowlin, OU associate athletic director for revenue generation and ticketing.

About 60% of OU season-ticket holders opted out this season — 38,400 of the 64,000 total. Officials came up with a plan allowing season-ticket holders on the same account to sit together while leaving at least three seats between the next group and an empty row of seats in front of them and behind them. When all was said and done, OU had space for just under 21,000 season-ticket holders.

OU used its priority-points system to determine who got tickets, much as it has for OU-Texas and postseason games in the past. Season-ticket holders earn points in a variety of ways. How much you donate beyond the cost of the tickets accrues points, but so does how long you’ve been a season-ticket holder and how often you attend games.

"We’re trying everything we can to make sure that we get in as many of our fans who raised their hand and said, ‘I want to get into the stadium.’ (But) we had more people opt in than we had possible seating for,” Nowlin said.

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