Baylor will get its first dress rehearsal at McLane Stadium Saturday morning when it holds an intrasquad scrimmage.
The stands will be empty since the scrimmage will be closed to the public and media, but the Baylor players are anxious to get a feel for the playing surface and the atmosphere of the stadium.
The Bears will open the season Aug. 31 against SMU at McLane Stadium.
“It’s going to be exciting to get over there and play football in that nice stadium,” Baylor senior offensive tackle Troy Baker said. “We’ll let SMU come in there and they’ll be shocked, and we’ll be ready to play.”
The Bears regularly practice at the Highers Athletics Complex fields on the south side of the Brazos River. They’ve been watching McLane Stadium rise on the north side of the river for the last two years, and have been eager to play there.
“Since it started going up we’ve been talking about what it’s going to be like in there,” Baylor senior receiver Levi Norwood said. “So it will be good to kind of get a rehearsal and get a feel for it. We don’t want to get in there on the 31st and be surprised.”
Approaching the end of their second week of preseason practice, coach Art Briles wants to start simulating a game-week type of schedule. Holding an intrasquad scrimmage at McLane Stadium will fit the bill.
“We’re planning to have two or three scrimmages or workouts there before game day,” Briles said. “We’re really pumped about it, getting into the stadium and getting into the dressing room.”