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2018 OSU Homecoming

Released:Oct 24, 2018

Status: This page is created to post information about 2018 OSU Homecoming events.

Have a float in the Sea of Orange Parade? See the Community/Student Parade Entry Rules on the OSU Homecoming website.

Can I throw candy from my parade entry? No. See Section 29-274- Dangerous objects.

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Latest Update

  • (Posted Oct. 15, 2018) – The OSU Sea of Orange Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kick-off for the OSU Homecoming football game against the University of Texas will begin at 7 p.m.

  • (Posted Oct. 2, 2018) – One representative must attend the mandatory safety meeting, which will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 8pm at the OSU Alumni Center in the Jones Seminar Room. Absence may result in disqualification of parade entry at the discretion of the Homecoming Executive Team.

Timeline of Events

  • Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.: Stillwater Strong Memorial Dedication at northwest corner of Hall of Fame and Main.

  • Friday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m.: Roads close for OSU Walkaround from 5:30 p.m. to around 10:30–11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. (See map below.)

    • Pep rally begins at 9 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.: As of Oct. 15, 2018, the start time for the Sea of Orange Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27 is at 9 a.m. The parade moves north on Main Street from 9th Avenue to Hall of Fame Avenue followed by the Cowboy Football kick-off in Boone Pickens Stadium at 7 p.m. (See map below.)

    • Buses bringing band students participating in the parade will unload at the staging area (see map below) and will go to the end of the parade route and park at Strickland Park.

Our Preparations for Homecoming

As an estimated 80,000 alumni return to Stillwater for the 2018 Oklahoma State University Homecoming Celebration on Oct. 26-27, the City of Stillwater’s public safety team in partnership with Oklahoma State University’s Police Department is finalizing its safety preparations for the weekend’s events.
Our fire, police and emergency management teams plan for these types of events months in advance. We are fortunate to have such a strong group of public safety professionals at the City, on campus and in our community who are ready to protect and serve the public.

First-responder and community partners include:

  • Department of Homeland Security

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • G4S Security

  • LifeNet

  • Local air ambulance services

  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol

  • Oklahoma State University

  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association

  • OSU Police Department

  • Payne County Health Department

  • Payne County Sheriff’s Office

  • Oklahoma National Guard – 63rd Civil Support Team

  • Stillwater Fire Department

  • Stillwater Medical Center

  • Stillwater Emergency Management Agency

  • Stillwater Police Department

Anticipated Road Closings

The City will close vehicular access to the following roads during Walkaround, the Homecoming Parade and/or the football game. Additional roads could be closed as needed. A complete list of road closures citywide is at

  • University Avenue (Walkaround | Oct. 26)

  • Main Street between 9th Avenue and Hall of Fame Avenue (Parade | Oct. 27)

  • Hall of Fame Avenue from Duck Street to Washington Street (Closes Oct. 26-27)


2018 OSU Homecoming Walkaround Map

View (PDF): Greek House Decorations Map (Friday, Oct. 26)

View (PDF): Barricade Locations (Friday, Oct. 26)

2018 OSU Homecomign Parade Map

View (PDF): Parade Route (Saturday, Oct. 27)

View (PDF): Parade Lineup (Saturday, Oct. 27)

View (PDF): Parade Staging Entry Map (Saturday, Oct. 27)

2018 OSU Homecoming Parade Staging Map

View (PDF): Parade Staging Map - Blank (Saturday, Oct. 27)

View (PDF): Parade Entry Map (Saturday, Oct. 27)

Free Parking and Shuttles to Boone Pickens Stadium

The City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University Athletics offer residents, students, alumni and visitors free parking and shuttle service from Downtown Stillwater to Boone Pickens Stadium (BPS) before every home football game.
Visitors are welcome to park for free in one of the 500-plus parking spaces downtown:

  • 7th Avenue and Lewis Street

  • 7th Avenue and Lewis Street Parking Garage

  • 8th Avenue and Husband Street

  • 9th Avenue and Husband Street (BancFirst)

  • 9th Avenue and Lewis Street

The shuttle to BPS stops at 7th Avenue and Lewis Street and begins three hours before the game and runs every 15 minutes. On the return trip after the game, the shuttle stops at BPS on Hall of Fame and runs every 15 minutes throughout post-game. Shuttles are ADA accessible.

To track the shuttles, go to or download the Ride Systems app from the app store and choose Oklahoma State University.
Before heading to the stadium or after the game, grab a bite to eat in one of Stillwater’s popular eateries or explore our range of boutiques, housewares, apparel, gift shops and more for great deals and authentic Stillwater products.

Learn more about parking opportunities for OSU home football games at

Post-Game Transportation Routes

View (PDF): Post-Game Transportation Route Map












The City of Stillwater is coordinating with Oklahoma State University to help reduce travel times for traffic leaving Stillwater after OSU football games.

The traffic management plan includes changes to signal timing and/or turn restrictions at key intersections along 6th Avenue/State Highway 51 and Main Street/Boomer Road. The timing and turn restrictions will be installed after the start of the game and removed approximately two hours after the end of the game.


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