WACO (October 30, 2013) Eight days before fifth-ranked Baylor’s nationally-televised (FS1) showdown vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, the demand for tickets to arguably one of the biggest football games ever played in Waco has forced school officials to open the south end zone area at Floyd Casey Stadium for general admission seating, school officials announced today.
“We are excited to pull the tarp for the Oklahoma game and look forward to an outstanding crowd for this key match-up,” said Baylor Executive Associate A.D./External Affairs Nick Joos. “We have been consistent in saying that when we had the demand, we would pull the tarp, and we clearly have it for the last two Baylor games ever at Floyd Casey Stadium. This is a tribute to Coach Briles, his staff and student-athletes and the season they are enjoying, as well as two outstanding opponents that we will be closing to close the Case.”
In its 64th and final season of play at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor has averaged 43,875 fans for its first five home games of the 2013 season, which is more than 2,500 ahead of the 2011 school-record average of 41,368. With all reserved seating sold-out for the OU game and all seats, including the south end zone area, sold for the Dec. 7 finale against Texas, Baylor is assured of breaking both its per-game and total home attendance records.
The Oklahoma game will mark only the 11th time both Baylor and its opponent have been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 at kick off for a game played in Waco, the last of which came in 2011 when the 25th-ranked Bears beat the fifth-ranked Sooners, 45-38. All-time, Baylor is 5-5 when ranked and hosting a rated opponent in Waco.