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U2's Norman date in question, Stoops says he's 'all for it'
April 03, 2009
Despite earlier announcements, ticket sales to U2's concert at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19 apparently will not begin Saturday.
Presales were supposed to begin this week, and an on-sale date was previously announced for Saturday via the band's official Web site.
Since the announcement that the Irish supergroup was coming to Norman in early March, the tour date has been removed from the Live Nation site, which is promoting U2's "360" Tour. Now there is no Norman date posted on U2's official Web site.
There is confusion from the ticketing office staff at OU's box office, as well. Several calls confirmed that the Norman date announcement was "still a rumor."
OU spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said, "That is totally handled by athletics. Last I heard, they hadn't finalized a contract."
Calls and e-mails to the OU Campus Activity Council, which help plan on-campus events, were not immediately returned.
The World received e-mails and phone calls from fans who paid for U2 "fan club" memberships via its official site, yet have received no notification of presale or on-sale ticket dates for a Norman concert date.
Friday afternoon, some Citibank cardholders received an e-mail about presale tickets that stated, "In September and October, U2 360 will also visit: Dallas, TX; Raleigh/Durham, NC; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Norman, OK; Phoenix, AZ. Dates and presale information to be announced."
World sports reporter John Hoover recently spoke to OU head football coach Bob Stoops about the gig in Norman during a spring practice.
U2's scheduled tour stop at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19 -the Monday night between the Texas and Kansas games - won't disrupt Sooner football if it happens, said Stoops, who said he's a fan of the group.
"Yeah, of course. Who isn't?" he said. "Joe (Castiglione, OU's athletic director) had talked to me about that, of course, long before it all happened just because it'll all be taking place while we're practicing. But of course, we don't practice in the stadium. But I said, 'Hey, the little distraction it may be is well worth it for the community and everybody here to have that opportunity. It's great.' ... He asked me whether, you know, it would bother me, and I said, 'Hey, I'm all for it.' "
The show, announced to be one week after a performance at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, will likely sell out fast if it does happen, especially with Internet presales causing a stir. But Stoops isn't worried about tickets.
"I'm sure I could get some," he said with a laugh.
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