Texas-OU is Staying at the Cotton Bowl

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If you build it dump $82 million into it, they will come.

Mayor Mike Rawlings sends word today that it's a lock: The annual, traffic-snarling blood feud between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University known as the Red River Shootout will be played in the Cotton Bowl at least through 2020.

Says Mayor Mike:

I am very delighted to announce that Pete Schenkel has informed me that the Universities of Texas and Oklahoma have signed an agreement to extend the "Red River Classic" through 2020 in the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park.

This rivalry is one of the top 10 in college football and attendance to the game itself is one of the hottest sports tickets in the country. I can easily say Dallas is very proud to stay host to this 100 year-plus tradition.

The decision comes after the City Council voted last month to pour more than $25 million into the stadium, which had just undergone a $57-million touchup a few months before.

It's unclear what would have happened had the City Council balked at coughing up the cash. Maybe the rivals would have flocked to the Jerry Dome, maybe to their home stadiums. We'll never know -- until, perhaps, the day they come asking for money the city can't find.


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Ray Mbala
Ray Mbala

How stupid does the City of Dallas look on this one? When all is said and done, the City will have doled out over $100 Million dollars to keep 1 game at Fair Park for roughly 10 years, when it could have given Jerry Jones about $250 Million to build a state of the art sadium that would have not only guaranteed the existence of the Red River Rivalry for the next 30 years to come, but also 30 years worth of Cowboys' games, The Cotton Bowl Classic, NBA Allstar Games, NCAA Final Fours/Regionals, Mega Concerts, Monster Truck Shows, and a whole host of other special events, including all of the tourism that comes with that. 

The people who opposed "spending" the money to build Cowboys' Stadium in Fair Park, only to spend roughly half of it anyway for far less of a return on their investment, have to feel pretty small right about now. #ShortSightedLeaders

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Could we have sealed the deal through 2050 if it included a toll road that runs to Fair Park from Norman and Austin?

Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights

shine some orange floodlights on calatrava from the south and red floodlights from the north so both schools will think we blew all that bridge to nowhere money especially on them.

dallasmay
dallasmay

Most people forget this, but to add fire to the regional spitting-match, the Cotton Bowl at fair park is quite a bit larger (by capacity) than the Cowboy's stadium in Arlington. 92,000 vs 80,000. Of course Jerry World is the largest domed structure in the world, which is certainly notable.

But both are dwarfed by the largest stadium in the world, the Rŭngrado May First Stadium at 150,000 seats. 

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

File this under the "duh" file.

GuiltyBystander
GuiltyBystander

So, that's $82 million the cash-strapped city of Dallas has poured into an obsolete facility in order to keep 1 game viable. True, it's a great game for the area but is it worth it?

Dap the Nub's brother
Dap the Nub's brother

What a shame that the blowhard Richie Whitt isn't here so we can all laugh in his face. This was the guy who year after year would write about how the game was going to be moving to JerryWorld because Texas and OU couldn't turn down Jerry's awesome palace of Idiocracy. Guess you were so very wrong on that Richie. No last supper for Texas OU at the Cotton Bowl after all.

Jedis54
Jedis54

Boomer Sooner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul
Paul

 Give it up.

First: We would have had to have given JJ about $375MM.  That's right "given".

Second: the stadium could not have been built in Fair Park without a change in state law.

Third: the negotiations were with Dallas County not the City of Dallas.  The City of Dallas was present because it was likely that the stadium would be located in the City of Dallas.

Fourth: JJ never gave to the Commissioner's Court the financial data that they requested.

Fifth: The City of Arlington was able to raise more money through their 1 cent sales tax than Dallas County could have raised using all of their available taxing authority.

Sixth: The City of Arlington was sued for misuse of eminent domain when they acquired the land for the current stadium.  I do not know the outcome of these cases.

Seventh: According to available and reliable reports, no subsidy to any professional sports team has ever resulted in a net economic gain to any jurisdictional authority which used taxation to subsidize a professional sports arena.

Eighth:  There is still a concern as to whether or not the City of Arlington possesses sufficient control over the stadium for it to be qualified as a municipally owned project which can use eminent domain and issue municipal bonds to construct the project.

Ninth:  Did anybody take notice that the City of Irving didn't even talk with JJ about a new stadium in Irving?

Tenth:  The construction of the stadium in Arlington results in no net gain to the area, because ... guess what? ... the cowboys are already here!

And finally, I have to wonder if the "go to guys" around Fair Park were consulted with.

MBM
MBM

And OU still sucks.

G_David
G_David

Actually, they've crammed over 96,000 fans in to see OU/TX in the past.

dallasmay
dallasmay

That 1 game brings in nearly hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity to the city every year. It's worth it 10x's over. Further, that game is one of the major reasons that Dallas's State Fair has survived and flourished through the past decades whereas almost every other cities state fairs have trickled to a shadow of their glory days. I would say that the State Fair is easily one of the top 5 annual attractions in Texas. 

That stadium is worth every penny.

Bob
Bob

It's not 1 game--it's the Texas-OU game.  And there actually are other events that take place in that stadium every year.  The net economic effect of that stadium is substantial today, and would be even more substantial if the City of Dallas knew anything about marketing and promotion.

So, I guess the answer to your question is: Yes.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

I remember attending Jim Brown's last game at the Cotton Bowl, announced attendance was over 85k they stopped the game for a few minutes cuz folks were sitting on the scoreboard. I do believe the Polks lost.

Paul
Paul

"That stadium is worth every penny."

To whom?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Jerry's money can buy a great stadium but it can't buy our great State Fair.( sadly his money can't recreate a super bowl team either but that's another story)

AngryGimp
AngryGimp

The businesses that benefit from the millions spent by OU/Texas fans and media over that weekend.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I remember watching some random college football game on ABC that the legendary Keith Jackson was calling. He said that Texas/OU was his favorite game of the year. He gave the State Fair just as much weight as the rivalry itself. I wonder how many times he ate a ton of fried foods and said "whoa, Nelly" when he was sitting on the can the next morning?

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