AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns open the season Saturday around 7:15 p.m. against UTEP with an estimated 18,000 fans inside Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.
Inside a stadium with a capacity of around 100,000 people, what will 18,000 people even look like? Here is a timeline of the latest activity from inside and around the stadium before Texas kicks off the season opener.
3:45 p.m. Saturday
UT will not allow tailgating in or around the stadium this season. The normally popular Bevo Boulevard at San Jacinto Street on the west side of the stadium is also closed. Everything is looking pretty quiet three hours before kick off.
4:30 p.m. Saturday
The gates are expected to open around 5 p.m. to fans. There are several fans are beginning to show near the entrances. Texas is also doing mobile ticketing this season to limit contact and interaction at the stadium.
5:05 p.m. Saturday
The Texas Longhorns team buses have arrived at the stadium. The Longhorns are, for obvious reason, not doing a team walk down San Jacinto Street.
5:15 p.m. Saturday
Bevo is in the building for the Longhorns’ season opener. Aside from the team and Bevo, other spirit squad will be on the field Saturday night, but the band will not be in the stadium.
5:25 p.m. Saturday
Fans (with face coverings) are slowly trickling into the stadium about 100 minutes before the start of the game.
5:35 p.m. Saturday
UT said it was planning to spread football fans out throughout the entire stadium — and they weren’t kidding. This photo shows several people in a section in the the upper deck at DKR – Texas Memorial Stadium.
5:50 p.m. Saturday
The Longhorns have made it out to the field for warm-ups with kickoff coming up around 7:15 p.m.
6:20 p.m. Saturday
This is what the stadium looks like about 30 minutes before kickoff against UTEP. The Longhorns are currently out on the field, finishing up warm-ups before the season officially gets underway.
7:10 p.m. Saturday
The “Eyes of Texas” school song was played just before kickoff. Here’s a look at the crowd just moment before the season started.