Olympics! World Cup! Texas-OU Forever! How City Hall is Selling More Cotton Bowl Upgrades

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"Dear Future: This place is pretty cool now, but you're going to think it's a dump."
Before he left for the Land of a Thousand Blogs, Robert Wilonsky had a few stories about city officials' desire -- they would call it a need -- to spend another $25 million or so sprucing up the Cotton Bowl, just four years after taxpayers coughed up $57 million for upgrades. It's (almost) all in the name of keeping the annual Texas-OU tilt in Dallas, rather than seeing it flee to Cowboys Stadium or, even worse, back to the hometowns of its participants, as the schools keep threatening.

If there's any blowback in store for that idea, by council or taxpayers or Jim "Just Blow The Damn Thing Up" Schutze, it looks like it will happen in the coming weeks. Rudy Bush, Robert's new co-city-hall reporter, reports from behind this morning's paywall that city council will hear the formal pitch this week and vote later in the month, and that the city is simultaneously working on a deal with the schools to keep the game here. What's at stake? An alleged $34 million economic impact.

More to come, obviously, but for now you'll find below the pitch in all its glory, which includes the hope of attracting World Cup games in 2018 and '22, Gold Cup games and even the Olympics. (What, no Super Bowl?) There's also a plan to upgrade the press box, a naked attempt to win over the media for which we will not fall. Unless there's Jameson fountain, in which case we'll take it under advisement.

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23 comments
BC83
BC83

I am OK with sprucing up the Cotton bowl for other events, and if the Cotton Bowl has a chance to become a BCS Bowl.  To do it for Texas-OU seems wasteful.  Regardless of how the stadium looks, the game is a sellout, and the game is played on the same 100 yd. field. 

Sam
Sam

I actually believe a Super Bowl will be played in the Cotton Bowl in my lifetime and I'm not that young. Fair Park is perfect for that - someday a few wise people will see this!

Mike
Mike

An alleged 34 million annual dollar impact, Dallas City gets 1% of revenue for its cut on sales activity and we want to borrow 25 million dollars plus interest to keep it. What kind of deal is that pro forma? Adding two more games is not going to change that imbalance.

It almost never makes sense for the city to invest in something to make money on the deal. The hotel may work out, but only because we can sell the thing. It would be nice to fund things because we are a great city, but we are not a great city. We are closing libraries, cutting services, and penny pinching everywhere. We need to stop bleeding cash on unproductive uses and determine hat we really need to do as a city.

It is heresy, but Fair Park is going nowhere as long as it has that stadium and the State Fair. Both need to go allowing us to treat that area as an open area with some nice buildings near downtown and plenty of opportunity.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

An oasis in a maelstrom of numb modernity, the Cotton Bowl is the city's subconscious field of dreams. Those who have rejected it (Murchison, the evil Cotton Bowl Association, et al) have done so in the finest who-cares-about-tradition exodus that denies soul.

How different this city would be if visionaries had kept the Cowboys in Dallas.

Pete Freedman
Pete Freedman

Having attended this year's Ticket City Bowl, I can assure you that their attendance figure of 45,000 is a gross overestimation. 

That said, the Cotton Bowl is just a really cool, awesomely historical spot, and it really would suck economically for Dallas if the Texas-OU game left the city limits. As much of a headache as it is to deal with that particular event's notorious influx of aloof out-of-towners -- many of whom seem to have never before driven a car prior to arriving here -- that weekend is pretty much the sole thing keeping the West End going these days.

Among other reasons: Yay, Cotton Bowl.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Why not just finally spend the G-D money and build out a covering similar to what they've done w/ footie stadiums in the UK and EU, it keeps the sun out from everyone's eyes and cools down the field/pitch for those games and events in the summer, not to mention would attract more events to fair park..

Angrywhiteguy
Angrywhiteguy

Typical city of Dallas...........The World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022 were awarded to Russia and Qatar in December 2010.

I wonder what else is absolute bullshit in that document.

G_David
G_David

I`m a huge Sooner fan and it would break my heart to see the game go anywhere else. But if the powers that be at both schools are too stupid and/or greedy to see how leaving the Cotton Bowl would ruin how special that rivalry has always been (with OR without further improvements), then they can take their ball and shove it up their collective ass.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Looking at that picture it seems like only yesterday...

And keep on laughing all of you whippersnappers, you'll be thinking the very same thing when you see this kind of picture down the road from whatever 'palooza you went to.

Now excuse me while I go watch Dazed And Confused again

just sayin'
just sayin'

The spirit of Bob lives on. Not in the writing, but the picture of the Texas Jam.

MattL1
MattL1

I want to mock this idea. I want to say it's a waste of taxpayer money to do this for what is essentially one game a year. However, I have a soft spot for the Cotton Bowl. I don't know why, but I do.

dallasmay
dallasmay

I would be okay with the spending IF the State Fair and Fair Park can secure long term commitments from UT and OU (15-20 year commitments.) Then the renovations will be necessary and worth the expense. 

Gabe
Gabe

You have a fantasy life revolving around a whiskey fountain the best you can dream of is Jameson? Why not a single malt made by men with the balls to wear a skirt?

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

And I actually believe that Jerry Jones will one day relenquish the job of Dallas Cowboys General Manager.

Shawn
Shawn

Mental illness is a very sad thing. Get treatment. 

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Exactly.....now we are srambling. I hope they find a way to keep it viable.

Mike
Mike

You don't even have the slightest clue what you're talking about, do you?

Despite what you (and other suburbanites) would like to believe, the West End is not on life support. Not even close.

You think the only time there's anyone in the West End is one weekend a year? Are you insane?

You should pay downtown a visit sometime. It's absolutely packed with people these days. 

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Maybe cause you've been there, under that bright sun, feeling the cool breeze, watching those plays orchestrated on that yellowing fall grass

Football wasn't meant to be played inside a space ship surrounded by what the MadMen want you to look at

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Did someone say "Whiskey Fountain...?"

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

When you learn to drink whiskey on the shores of the mighty cuyahoga, Jameson is the poison that picks you.

MattL1
MattL1

I think you nailed it.

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