In the storied history of Oklahoma Football the Sooners have never hosted a home game on a Sunday. That’ll change this year as officials have agreed to allow ESPN to move the season opener to Sunday, September 1st.
Moving it guarantees an evening kickoff for a game that was most likely slotted for an 11:00 AM kickoff had it remained on Saturday, August 31st.
“Of course, this isn’t something we would ever do on a Sunday night at any other point in the regular season,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “This is unique because of the Labor Day weekend.”
The 11:00 AM kickoff time had become a focal point of fan frustration in recent seasons. Last year Oklahoma’s first two games were early kickoffs causing even Lincoln Riley to complain about the logistical challenges of getting recruits to Norman after having played on Friday night.
Oklahoma hasn’t hosted a non-Saturday game other than on or around Thanksgiving since 1916 giving this year’s season opener, against Houston, a special twist.