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October 15, 2012

Early kickoff advances Saturday's Homecoming events, too

STILLWATER, Okla. — An early kickoff changes everything on Homecoming Saturday.

The Oklahoma State University-Iowa State football game will start at 11 a.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium. It will be televised on FX, which is channel 40/240 on Suddenlink.

It also means the Sea of Orange Parade will start to roll down Main Street at 8 a.m. — an hour earlier than normal.

“It’s very early. The last (Homecoming) kickoff that early was in 1999,” OSU Alumni Association Director of Communications Chase Carter said.

The Cowboy Corral at the Alumni Association will be toned down as well because the marching band and Bullet and the OSU Spirit Rider will be participating in the parade, Carter said.

Cowboy Corral normally starts 3 1/2 hours prior to kickoff. The Alumni Association building will open at 8 a.m., he said.

Homecoming activities add approximately $4 million to Stillwater’s economy, Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Cristy Morrison said.

Morrison’s figures are based on a 2003 study on the economic impact of OSU’s homecoming on Stillwater. A new study will be conducted soon.

Homecoming visitors will spend approximately $4 million, she said. Visitors spend multiple nights in Stillwater lodging and eat at least three meals a day in its restaurants, she said.

The 11 a.m. kickoff may encourage fans to eat in Stillwater restaurants after the game, Carter said.


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