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As I was denied tickets via the ticket office (bummer!), I'm forced to search elsewhere. I've already booked a $400/night LaQuinta in South Bend and are bracing to take it in the shorts for tickets via a ticket site. Obviously I have a strong preference to sit with the OU faithful but wanted to ask the experts if anyone knew which was the visitors section.
(And I have a beggers ad on the Ticket Exchange page too...)
Thanks and Boomer Sooner!!!
Why are you paying $400 a night when Chicago is 75 minutes away?
Just seems like a waste of money.
It's an afternoon game. You'd have plenty of time to get back to Chicago.
Doubt it is 75 minutes away after a game.
I hear you... We thought about driving back and forth from Chicago but we like to stay in the college towns we travel to - to get the local atmosphere. Plus, we're tailgating with some ND guys we met in Norman last year at our game and - read between the lines - prefer to take taxi's.
Further, we'll likely stay over another day or two in Chicago. We hate that rush to get home on Sundays, preferring to relax post game days and return on Monday. We budget for a nice away game (or two) per year (of course, this will be our only away game this year, unless maybe Baylor -but we live in Fort Worth)...
I searched on this a couple weeks ago and found that the visitors' section is in the upper South Endzone, e.g. sections 114-120. It appears that you can see Touchdown Jesus beyond the North end of the stadium.
I make the drive from Chicago to SB 5-6 times a year and it's 2+ hours anyway you slice it and that's in good weather and traffic. You have to cut around the lake and then go trough the toll both from hell. I made this drive on game day in 1999, so it's definitely manageable.
Last week I booked a room for Friday night in SB at the Quality Inn ($195), so we'll drive back to Chicago after our victory to celebrate in the City.
Bear... Awesome info. Thank you.
Small... I'll be checking into alternatives soon. I booked our room the Sunday I returned from Norman after the ND game via hotels.com and these were the cheapest of very few options.
We rode the train from Chicago to South Bend in 1999. It was a hoot. They have buses lined up at the rail station that carry you right to campus. We played later in the year in '99 and the leaves were starting to turn. We came back to Chicago after the game and partied with the OU cheerleaders at a Chicago bar in one of the hotels. In 1999, OU was put in the end zone next to their student section. The language was very rough. But all in all, we were treated well. I would cancel on the La Quinta and stay in Chicago. Ara Parseghian was signing his books in the book store in '99. You must visit the Grotto before the game and get a picture with Touchdown Jesus.
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