AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Athletics announced a new student entry process for Texas home games after videos were posted to social media that showed large crowds attempting to enter certain gates before the LSU game.
Senior Miranda Larralde was among those who experienced students pushing and shoving to get into the game. She said she had to jump behind a beer vendor to avoid the chaos.
“We were trying to escape from the stampede because we didn’t want to get run over,” Larralde said.
Longhorns Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said last week the department was working to address safety concerns before this week’s home game against Oklahoma State adding that “the enormity” of the LSU game added new challenges.
Tuesday, the department announced new changes.
“While we are absolutely thrilled to have that many students want to come in the gates very quickly, we’ve taken measures to make sure they enter the stadium safely,” said Drew Martin, UT’s Senior Associate Athletic Director.
Starting Saturday, all students with “The Big Ticket” package must enter at Gate 31 (east side of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium) while Longhorn Foundation student members and ADA students should enter at Gate 27.
There will be a line on the sidewalk outside Gate 31 for students to line up. Student IDs will be scanned after students enter the queue and before students enter the stadium gates.
Students will be given a color-coded wristband that is connected to a corresponding student section. During the game, students may exit and return to their section if they have the proper wristband.
The gates will open at 3:30 p.m., three hours before kickoff, for students.
UT wants students to visit @TexasFanFirst on Twitter for any gameday updates or questions.
Larralde hopes it’ll create a safer environment on game-day.
“I’m glad that UT is doing something to try to alleviate the situation and hopefully not have another stampede,” Larralde said.