Seven fans treated for injuries related to Bedlam celebration, hospital says

Seven fans treated for injuries related to Bedlam celebration, hospital says

One patient was airlifted from the scene, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Nov 8, 2023, 4:48pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Nov 8, 2023, 4:48pm CST

STILLWATER — Celebrating a Bedlam win comes with hazards.

As the final 15 seconds ticked down in OSU’s 27-24 win against Oklahoma, fans dropped from the seven-foot wall surrounding the field and poured onto the turf, eager to celebrate the final Bedlam win. 

Several minutes later, a portion of the 54,105-capacity crowd overflowed the field. At one point, 13 fans climbed on the crossbar of the east goal post, tearing it down. 

Seven fans were treated at Stillwater Medical Center for injuries related to the game, according to Shyla Eggers, the center’s public information officer. Those injuries were reported as follows:

* One dislocated shoulder

*Two head lacerations

*One ankle fracture

*One foot fracture 

*Two leg fractures. 

Two of those patients were admitted while the rest were released.

Eggers said one patient was airlifted from the scene but she did not have any additional information on the status of that patient.

Eggers said Oklahoma State officials kept Stillwater Medical Center updated throughout the fourth quarter, indicating there could be a field-rushing incident if OSU won.

Fans who stormed the field ignored scoreboard warnings that read  “Please stay off the field at the conclusion of the game.” Unlike the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 does not fine home schools when fans storm the field.

SEC teams are fined  $100,000 for a first offense, $250,000 for the second and $500,000 each subsequent offense.

OSU coach Mike Gundy said after the game he remained on the field for a moment because he wanted to see OSU fans enjoy the victory. As the field filled, Gundy retreated to the northwest tunnel and greeted family and players returning to the locker room.

 “When things like this happen, you don’t want anybody to get hurt, which, it happens…that part is not fun,” Gundy said Monday. 

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