City Hall Shouldn't Make Any Promises About Hosting the World Cup at the Cotton Bowl

Categories: City Hall, Sports

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As we mentioned Saturday, there's a deal in the works to keep the annual Texas-OU orgy at Fair Park, but it hinges on the city's willingness to raise $25 million to upgrade the Cotton Bowl. It feels like chump change, considering the history and economic impact of the event. But then again, the economic impact of sports stadiums are almost always overstated, and the city just shelled out $57 million for upgrades.

But whatever. The deal looks to be getting done. No word from OU, but Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is on board. He told the News late Saturday that the schools split about $10 million in revenue from the game, more than they would bouncing between Norman and Austin. "We like the numbers, we get a lot of people in there," Dodds told the paper. "We need to have accommodations once they get there -- restrooms, concessions, parking. Those are paramount."

It comes down, then, to city officials' Wednesday presentation to city council, which will vote on the financing later in the month. We showed you that presentation on Saturday, and it's slick enough. But one sharp Friend of Unfair Park pointed out one slide -- the one you see above -- that the city might want to control-X from its pitch.

It seems logical enough, and so promising: With a little freshening up, the Cotton Bowl could be one of the host stadiums for World Cup games in 2018 or 2022, should the United States land one of those tournaments. It will be like 1994 all over again, only this time Americans will be really ready to embrace soccer.

But as a commenter pointed out, those ships sailed long ago, and they sailed in the other direction. The 2018 and '22 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar. The announcement was made over a year ago.

But hey: The Olympics. 2024. Why not? Track and field at the Cotton Bowl, rowing on White Rock and, when we all realize just how much debt the the Olympiad brought with it, I know a great bridge we can jump from.


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dallasashley
dallasashley

Am I the only one that notices that the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host cities have already been selected? Russia and Qatar, respectively. So, theoretically, at least for soccer, this is a moot point.

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

And just think, Laura Miller, if we take all the money the city keeps spending to 'renovate' the cotton bowl to just barely keep the events it already has, WE COULD HAVE HAD JERRY WORLD IN FAIR PARK AND GET ALL THE F******G GAMES WITHOUT BEGGING AND APOLOGIZING!!!

Laura Miller didn't care about the economic impact of Cowboy Stadium, she just couldn't stand the thought of a wealthy businessman getting taxpayer money to build something. The taxpayer money is STILL GOING DOWN THE TUBES! WE JUST DON'T GET ANYTHING IN RETURN.

THANKS LAURA. YOU SAVED US ALL!!!

I'm not bitter. Really. Not me. I even moved out of Dallas County...

DaTruth
DaTruth

If they upgrade the Cotton Bowl, we may even be able to host the 1920 World Fair.

Sam
Sam

The Cotton Bowl - we love it, let's do whatever it takes!

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Guess y'all missed the bit where Gubner Rick seceded us and signed another treaty of mutual annexation with Qatar.

Ray
Ray

That power point slide is total BS. It's soooo Suhmesque.

Ray
Ray

No,no,no,no,not until all the financial questions have been addressed. Scott Griggs has a lot of 'can we take on more debt?" questions that have yet to be answered. The mayor wants to rush this through like he did flow control, and the redistricting map for the city.

We are in debt beyond our eye balls as it is. No cash commitment without more discussion.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

The long defunct 2012 Olympic committee grew out of a group  that had plans to put a roof on the place .Or that was the story that was told at the time.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

Whoever is responsible for that PowerPoint needs to be beaten.

Livable Perspective
Livable Perspective

Not gonna happen.

Although if it did, we'd be forced to call it the "North Texas World Cup" so that Arlington doesn't feel left out.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

When it comes to our beloved Cotton Boil, the facility needs serious roofing, similar to what you see on soccer pitches and newer sports stadiums worldwide, one which provides natural sunlight during the day, yet provides shade for all those in the stands.

james
james

do i remember something about world cup soccer at th cotton bowl a few years back....playing to an almost empty house?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Now they're going to tell us we need the horse park for the equestrian events. 

Olympic bid? We'd stand a better chance of being awarded The Hunger Games.

brooke
brooke

 That would be so cool to have the world cup here.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Don't forget white water rafting on the Trinity!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

How about we just send checks equal to the profits that the business who would do the project directly to them and call the thing EVEN .

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

I know lots of people, including Jerry, blame Laura Miller but that's not the way I remember it.  Laura Miller was against AAC but I don't think you can pin Jerryworld on her.

Jerry bears most of the blame for the Cowboys in Arlington.  It was his choice.  Miller and the city of Dallas had to bow out of the process early when it was discovered that the AAC had in it's contract that the city couldn't fund another sports stadium.  That left it up to JWP and Dallas county to negotiate the Fair Park deal.  It never head a chance once it got to that point.

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

 You will need a big stick to beat the 'boss'. Big girls require big sticks.

Ole Ole Ole Ole
Ole Ole Ole Ole

Brazil v Netherlands in a semi-final match playing to an almost empty house? You are kidding, right?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

But one sharp Friend of Unfair Park pointed out one slide -- the one you see above -- that the city might want to control-X from its pitch.It seems logical enough, and so promising: With a little freshening up, the Cotton Bowl could be one of the host stadiums for World Cup games in 2018 or 2022, should the United States land one of those tournaments.

UGH !  Not the Soccer but now we need to get out the I'm with stupid T shirts again .

BTW The First Sporting event at Jerry  World was a soccer game .Which brings up the other issue.We might wine and dine them but when it comes down to it Jerry World would get the Date

Guest
Guest

56,247, 63,998, 44,132, 63,998, 60,277, 63,500,Cotton Bowl's listed capacity for soccer at the time was 63,998.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

It was 1994, and it was FAR from an empty house

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wait, I want my solar powered paddle boat first!!

As I Recall
As I Recall

AAC barely passed vote with the developers spending 10-20x more on campaigning for it than the groups against it. Miller was against it  because the numbers weren't in the city's favor. The developers wound up having to kick in more than thought to get the surrounding area completed and Miller stated in hindsight that the numbers looked like a good deal for the city after all because the developers had to pony up the extra amount.

Turf Doctor
Turf Doctor

That Jerry World contest was probably only one held on natural grass. The fake stuff is better for the bottom line.

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