Unless you happen to inherit tickets, you might have a hard time getting in. But it's worth it as the team has recently been pretty awesome.... until the end. But all the home games are good. And as a warning, no umbrellas or personal bottles of water are allowed. It's possible to sneak water in, but do so at your own risk. The security guards are pretty focused.
For those who have never been to an OU game: Yes, those guys have rifles. But they're not real, sort of. And I'm not quite clear what "boomer sooner" means either. Just play along.
I recommend spring or fall if you want to stroll around the campus. Fall you might be overwhelmed on Saturdays by the football crowd. Both seasons have beautiful flowers.
Here is one of our statues with wildflowers in the early summer.
Presently the Fred Jones Museum houses several works of art from various disciplines. There are modern sculptures and paintings, and centuries old mosaics from Turkey and Greece within its interior. Once chosen to show the recent $50 million acquisition of impressionist works (the Weitzenhoffer collection), those works are presently in storage waiting on construction of a new facility. Even so the museum has considerable offerings and it's free to the public. No photos allowed inside.
Since it was built on territory once reserved for the Native Americans, one would expect to see some commemoration for the Five Civilized Tribes. For years however there was little trace of Indian culture throughout campus, but lately, perhaps following the lead at the state capitol, the University regents have commissioned several works depicting Indian men and women, including a small copy of "the Guardian," the colossal sculpture of an Indian brave that now adorns the state capitol building. Look for such works throughout the campus.
One of the other great Gothic buildings on the University of Oklahoma campus is Evans Hall, the administration building on the North Oval named after a past university president. Like the Bizzell Memorial Library, this red building has old turrets, gargoyles and statues in the niches, but at night when the temperatures cool, its glass windows adopt a steel-blue tone, making an even more impressive photograph than you can obtain by day.
The Bizzell Memorial Library also features one of the long reading rooms that are so famous to old libraries throughout the country and the Old World. Though the reading room at Bizzell is not decorated with fashionable art, the corridors outside are adorned with sizable oils on canvas from a prior age. The reading room's long Gothic interior and quiet-commanding aspect make it worth a peek whether you've come to examine the published dissertations here or not.
Bizzell Memorial Library on the University of Oklahoma campus was started in 1929. Its standard Gothic facades feature memorial sculptures in the niches, handsome castle-like turrets and a host of gargoyles around the "keeps." For decades, this elegant building stood unopposed in architectural splendor at the center of campus. . .until the 1980s. Recognizing the need for growing space (something all campuses face), the regents allowed construction of a new wing that fused an orange-brick modern addition onto the stately Gothic of the past, thank goodness still preserving the excellence of the old.
Most college campuses are microcosms of urban planning. Gardens, fountains, private walks, noble architecture and a convenient layout should all be part of the campus experience, something to relieve the student of endless hours of library study and classroom attendance. Though most Oklahomans would put the architecture of Oklahoma State University (in Stillwater) on a higher order than the campus in Norman, the University of Oklahoma -- despite its motley collection -- still has a number of interesting structures and a growing number of new sculptures to grace the campus.
Slightly farther north from the McFarlin Church stands the less impressive First Baptist Church, which scarcely stands comparison with even the First Christian structure. Nonetheless, its street location forces its pseudo-Gothic features onto your notice as a less worthy contemplation after basking in the glories of McFarlin nearby.
After seeing the Gothic tower of the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church on University, you'll probably not notice the other noble houses of worship that overwhelm the same block just north of McFarlin. The First Christian Church has a strong, imposing facade and is worthy of notice, but being built of tan brick leaves something of the intended holiness out of the architecture.
This inocuous-looking Eyecare Center (south of the First Fidelity Bank on Main) bears the oldest dated entablature on the street - 1894. Some blocks to the east, the facades bear dates in the teens and twenties of the 20th century, but fail to preserve the charm and distinction of their earlier originals.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Norman Depot is an integral factor in Norman's existence. Built in 1909 (two years after statehood), the station has seen continuous passenger service until 1979, and then again in the 1990s when passenger service resumed. In 1884, President Chester A. Arthur authorized a railroad through the then-Indian Territory (surveyed by Abner E. Norman in the early 1870s, the man who gave Norman its name). In 1887, Norman's first boxcar rumbled along the new tracks near the very place where Norman was born.
The main attraction in the dinosaur exhibit is the world's longest apatosaurus (93 feet long) as it attemps to defend itself against the meat-eating saurophaganax, whose slicing first digits are akin to those of the velociraptors of Jurassic Park.
For almost fifty years, some of the more important skeletal remains were kept in carts in hidden chambers and subterranean corridors at Owen Field, the University of Oklahoma's famous gridiron. Once the new facility was built, scholars realized they had (in the specimen of the Pentaceratops) the largest skull of a dinosaur ever found.
Much of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is devoted to early man and very early settlement of the area now called Oklahoma. For me these had less interest than the dozens of large skeletons and fossilized remains of dinosaurs over the whole range of history. For instance you can see the Ice Age Columbian Mammoth compared directly with its forebear from 30 million years ago.