The battle for the Mayor's Cup in men's soccer is coming to downtown Tulsa. The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles at ONEOK Field on Monday, October 23. It will mark the first year of a two-year commitment to play the rivalry game at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Roughnecks.
"We are really excited to be able to bring Tulsa's two Division I teams together to meet at ONEOK Field," said Roughnecks executive Brian Carroll. "The Roughnecks organization is always striving to grow the game of soccer in our community, and being able to put a spotlight on this rivalry match will help to do that. We hope that our fans will take the opportunity to come out and support these two fine programs and to support soccer in Tulsa."
Roughnecks season ticket holders will receive tickets to the match as part of their 2018 season ticket packages. In addition, both TU and ORU soccer season ticket holders will also receive tickets to the match.
"This was an idea discussed by my assistant coaches Ryan Pore and Daniel Cherbonnier, and we thought it was a no brainer to have the TU/ORU game hosted by the Roughnecks at ONEOK Field," said University of Tulsa Men's Head Soccer Coach Tom McIntosh.
"Our goal is to create an environment like some of the other local rivalries in the country. California Santa Barbara played Cal Poly in front of nearly 15,000 fans, and Creighton played UNO in front of 5,000 fans. We know we can do something similar and showcase the two NCAA Division I programs in the state! We need to raise the awareness of the strength of our programs in Tulsa, and I believe this is a vehicle to help achieve that goal!"
The atmosphere at matches at California Santa Barbara and other top collegiate programs is unique with university bands and vocal student, supporters groups. The hope is to replicate some of those features with the Mayor's Cup match.
Oral Roberts University Men's Head Soccer Coach Ryan Bush is looking forward to the change and the chance to gain further exposure for college soccer in the area
"We are excited to partner with the Roughnecks at ONEOK Field, and I believe this is an excellent opportunity for soccer in Tulsa to showcase some of its talent," said Bush. "I'm excited to see the Tulsa Soccer community unite to support this cross-town rivalry and help to grow recognition for both programs."
Kickoff for the match is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Individual ticket prices and the on sale date will be announced shortly.