By Maleesa Johnson
Baylor Athletics is removing the tarp at the south end zone of The Case before the game against the University of Oklahoma next week, making 3,500 more seats available.
The influx of fans drawn to Floyd Casey to watch the Bears play in a record-breaking season has prompted the change in seating arrangements.
Originally, the tarp was scheduled to be removed only for the Dec. 7 game against the University of Texas, the last game at Floyd Casey. That game has already sold out, and every available space is being used for seating. This includes the typically covered area in the south end zone, which can seat approximately 3,500 people.
The Nov. 7 game against the University of Oklahoma is facing the same scenario.
Reserve tickets have sold out and the tarp is being removed to create more room.
“We’ve always said that if we have the demand to sell tickets we will take the tarp off,” said Nick Joos, executive associate athletics director for external affairs. “All the reserve seats except for what we are holding for our students have been sold and we still have a week to go until the game. We made the decision [Tuesday] night that since all the reserve seats are taken, we are going to take the tarp off.”
Student tickets for the OU game can be picked up in the Bill Daniel Student Center starting today. Joos said he encourages students to pick up their tickets as early as possible. There will be approximately 9,000 tickets available for students.
South end zone general admission tickets for the OU game are priced at $38 for adults and $28 for ages 2-18. These can be purchased at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office in-person, over the phone by calling 254-710-1000 or online at the official Baylor Athletics website.
The Oct. 18 homecoming game against Iowa State University produced the second-largest student crowd Floyd Casey Stadium has ever had. All 8,900 student tickets were claimed, and some students who failed to pick up their tickets before the day of the game were unable to watch the game inside the stadium.
If student tickets run out again, Joos said there are other options.
“If we run out again, we’ll use some of the south end zone for overflow for the students,” Joos said.
Baylor Police Chief Jim Doak has encouraged students to make use of the buses that travel to and from Floyd Casey Stadium.
In addition to getting tickets early and showing up early, Baylor students are encouraged to wear black to the game. Special black Baylor shirts are available in the SUB as well as the Baylor Bookstore.