A softball fan guide to OU’s new Love’s Field

A softball fan guide to OU’s new Love’s Field

Though Love’s Field is down the street from Marita Hynes Field, it will be a whole new experience for Sooner fans starting Friday.

Jenni Carlson

By Jenni Carlson

| Feb 29, 2024, 7:00am CST

Jenni Carlson

By Jenni Carlson

Feb 29, 2024, 7:00am CST

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NORMAN — Patty Gasso is like everyone else who loves OU softball.

She’s got routines tied to Marita Hynes Field.

“For 30 years,” the Sooner coach said, “I’ve taken the same route all the time.”

The drive from home to work is about to change — Love’s Field opens on Friday. Even though Love’s Field is just down the street from Marita Hynes Field, everyone will have to adapt. Getting to the new stadium will be different. So will moving around once inside.

OU has provided some details that should come in handy for Sooner fans, so here is Sellout Crowd’s OU softball fan guide for the opening of Love’s Field.

Dedication ceremony

In celebration of the opening of Love’s Field, a dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday outside the main stadium gate (Gate 1). Among the expected speakers are Gasso and OU captains Tiare Jennings and Kinzie Hansen.

The event is open to the public.

Gates open

Normally, gates at Love’s Field will open 90 minutes before the first pitch, but on opening day, they will open two hours before, or noon, after the dedication ceremony.

First pitch for the game against Miami (Ohio) is set for 2 p.m.

On opening day, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Love’s Field softball.

Getting to Love’s Field

This is an important change: the stretch of Imhoff Road, which runs south of Love’s Field, will be closed on game days from Jenkins Avenue to Asp Avenue. It will close three hours before first pitch.

Why? 

There will be lots of foot traffic across Imhoff because parking for Love’s Field will be in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lots. Sooner Club parking and general parking will be available in the northeast portion of the lots. Enter off Jenkins Avenue.

Getting into Love’s Field

All tickets are digital and must be downloaded to Apple Wallet or Google Pay; to combat counterfeit tickets, screenshot tickets will not be scannable.

OU will continue to use its clear-bag policy. Clear totes, fanny packs or crossbody bags can be no bigger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, while non-transparent clutches no larger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches are allowed. 

Plastic water bottles no bigger than 17 ounces that are clear and empty are also allowed.

Once you’re in Love’s Field … 

All seating is reserved except an area in right field for standing-room-only ticket holders. SRO tickets can not be used to stand behind Sections 5-9 on the infield concourse or Section 17 in the outfield.

Concessions will be located throughout the stadium. Among the specialty vendors are HTeaO, Kona Ice, Poppin’ Okies, Psycho Tacos, Shakes and Taste of Africa.

Merchandise will be available at The Sooner Shop on the third-base concourse near Gate 2.

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Jenni Carlson is a columnist with the Sellout Crowd network. Follow her on Twitter at @JenniCarlson_OK. Email [email protected].

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