While COVID-19 has shutdown tailgating on campus, limited bar capacity on Campus Corner to 75%, and even downsized fans in the stands, The game is still set to start at 6 p.m.
For those in the marching band, The Pride of Oklahoma, game day is a much needed relief.
“It was certainly nice to wake up this morning and open the phone, and then get the indication that it was all systems go,” said Pride Director Brian Britt.
The Pride of Oklahoma had their own cases of COVID over the past few weeks, but Britt said they were isolated and not spread from band member to band member.
“We currently have just a couple that are working through the virus. A few that are in quarantine as well. The contact tracing protocols that university has established are working fantastically well,” said Britt.
Normally there would be 300 band members in the stands, with COVID precautions that number is reduced to 80. It’s the same size as a pep band that travels to away games.
“It’s a lot of relief, a lot of excitement we are so lucky and glad that our university has a plan in place to make this happen. I think for a smaller band like we have the joy is pretty palpable. We are all ready to get after it and do what we do to help lead our Sooners. It’s been a long time coming since last football season,” said Paxton Leaf, Drum Major.
The uncertainty of COVID can take a toll, but the Pride of Oklahoma knows each member needs to work together in harmony with the school to make sure everyone stays safe. Hopefully, the rest of the Sooner’s schedule remains intact.
“No one has said, but I think it’s just implied that this is something that we are taking a day at a time. See what the virus tells us,” said Britt.
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