5 Must-Do's for OU Homecoming Visitors
Here in Norman, we’re definitely more than just a “college town." We’ve got a beautiful state park out at Lake Thunderbird, a thriving downtown arts scene, and a wonderfully rich history that’s unique from that of The University of Oklahoma.
However, while our city’s focus isn’t always centered around the greatest university in the nation, when OU Homecoming week rolls around - bringing thousands of first-time and veteran visitors alike - we’re more than happy to suggest a few crimson and cream themed must-do’s for the occasion!
1. Sooner Legends Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
Spend OU Homecoming weekend in style by booking a stay at Sooner Legends Hotel. This hotel and bar (which serves food after 5 p.m.) combination is locally owned and operated by former OU athletic trainer Doug Kennon - who proudly displays his collection of OU memorabilia throughout Sooner Legends. His collection includes hundreds of unique and authentic pieces - including magazines and newspaper articles featuring Sooner legends of the past, signed jerseys, footballs, and basketballs, and other trinkets that no true Sooner fan would want to miss. Even if you don’t have a ticket to the game, you’ll have a great time wandering through this treasure trove of OU history and watching the game from their bar or outdoor patio.
2. Shop & Dine on Campus Corner
Before the stores get too crowded, take some time on Friday evening to enjoy the crisp autumn air on the streets of Campus Corner. Taste-test a few new places (The Baked Bear, Insomnia Cookies, Chyx and Styx are some of the recent additions), hunt through the racks for the perfect game-day outfit or souvenir, or wander along the sidewalks just to see how things have changed since you last visited.
3. Tour the Campus
There’s a reason why The University of Oklahoma is consistently recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation. The red-brick buildings lining the South Oval lead up to the 1920’s gothic architectural masterpiece of Bizzell Memorial Library - a national monument in and of itself. During homecoming week, the entire campus is decorated with crimson and cream mums - a brilliant display of horticultural beauty that can’t be fully appreciated through the lens of an Instagram post - while the side of the South Oval houses decorations made by various OU student organizations.
4. Crimson and Whipped Cream
As the name suggests, Crimson and Whipped Cream is the place to satisfy your sweet tooth for OU-themed desserts. Located on Campus Corner, close to all the homecoming festivities, this bakery and coffee shop is the perfect spot to grab a hot drink and bite to eat to jump-start your Sooner spirit - be sure to try their red velvet cupcakes topped with cream frosting!
5. OU Homecoming Parade
Last, but not least, the OU Homecoming Parade is the pinnacle of all the weekend’s festivities - aside from the game, of course! From the Pride of Oklahoma, to the OU Homecoming Royalty Court, to the hand-crafted floats that students poured their hearts into, watching the parade along Boyd Street is always the best way to hype-up before the game.
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- Olivia Taylor, VisitNorman Digital Media