Here's What the Cotton Bowl Will Look Like When It's Encased In Steel

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We've known for a while now that the Cotton Bowl is getting an $82 million facelift. We've also known for a while that New York-based artist James Carpenter will be the one to bring that tired art deco facade into the 21st century. What we haven't known is what exactly that's going to look like. Until now.

The photo above was plucked (by Robert Wilonsky, of course) from the agenda packet for Monday's Landmark Commission meeting on Monday.

To answer your question, yes, that Cotton Bowl is encased in steel. It's steel mesh, to be precise, kept taut by a patented, spring-loaded attachment system, all of which can be power-washed with biodegradable, over-the-counter cleaning agents.

The obvious problem with the design, of course, is that it's way too futuristic for something as old-fashioned as college football. Maybe some Mad Max-style gladiatorial combat. Maybe laser tag. The possibilities are endless.


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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Is the ROI on all these Cotton Bowl improvements really there?

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

I'm losing track of how much money Dallas is 'saving' by NOT subsidizing the Dallas Cowboys stadium at Fair Park. Is this the 2nd or 3rd remodel? And all to keep 1 (or 2) college games a year. How much tax revenue has Dallas lost because the Cowboys play in Arlington?

 

Thanks, Laura Miller, for fucking all of Dallas because of your hatred of rich, old, white men. Btw, I hate Jerry Jones too.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

So how many additional contests of strength and skill in said venue can we expect after such an large  architectural  undertaking is completed ?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Since when is art deco "tired and old"?  The proposed design makes it look a naziesque, severe, "kind of" neo-classical building, that Hitler would approve of.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

We recommend Mitt Romney for president - Dallas Ed Board

 

 

 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @jesteban78 

 

 

That place has a beauty.......the problem lies within the walls; drafty, out of date concourses, rickety gadgetry., and deep, dank rooms  for entertaining/broadcasting.  I once swung open a door in said locale, and was waived off by a kind, but eager Brad Sham broadcasting an FC Dallas game.   

 

 

The problem is not  "tired Art Deco facade"-that's a classic. 

 

ps-That place needed to be updated 30 years ago; I still have haunting memories of Ed Campbell (the concessionaire for the property) busting other vendors asses for dirty carts-and his would have three wheels, and wobble. WTH? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ItsSoSad 

 

 

Jerry Jones would sell his soul for a box of candy cigarettes....anyone that makes his son (Jerra Jr.) wear a mascot outfit (Rowdy) is a brutal dictator, and ogre. 

 

ps-But in the end, he has that "skrilla" , and we don't. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @ItsSoSad 

 

thank you!  why the Rangers don't play downtown, and the Cowboys don't play in Fairpark is a mystery to me.....this is why Dallas proper sucks; although the crappy schools, pock ridden streets and Standing Wave don't really excitement/commerce. 

 

 

ps-But hey, yupster, hipster sh+theads love it (Dallas), until Frisco flight begins!

d-may
d-may

 @ItsSoSad Dallas was never going to get that stadium. Jones was just using his negotiations with Dallas as leverage with Arlington the whole time. And it worked for him. He got Arlington to eminent domain hundreds of homes, and pay him hundreds of millions of dollars to build the thing. It's going to take decades for their city to pay off their loans to Jones, and just as soon as they do, Jones's successor is going to start shopping around for a new location. Meanwhile, what does Arlington get out of it? The "promise" of future economic development? How much economic development did the previous Texas stadium bring Irving? No, all Jones gave Arlington is a $1B white elephant.  

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ItsSoSad - I live in Arlington, and I consider Laura Miller one of our best mayors.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @dallas.l.may  @ItsSoSad Don't forget about the "South Dallas Consultants" and the "Equity" that would need to be passed out to certain campaign consultants ...

 

As much of a wheeler dealer that ol' JJ is, I wouldn't be surprised if this entered into his thinking and strategy ...

 

Slap it on the table and when the questions were asked yank it off and pop out Arlington's deal ...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @dallas.l.may  @ItsSoSad FYI, arlington wanted those shacks gone anyhow.  It was a run down crime ridden area, and it gave them a reason to level the area.  The only sad thing is they laeft the wal mart and apartment dump right across the street

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

 @dallas.l.may

 I agree that stadium financing is a bad idea economically. So why is Dallas continuing to spend HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS to remodel the Cotton Bowl to keep Texas-OU and a New Year's Day game?

 

If the economics work for 1 or 2 games a year, wouldn't they have worked for another 8 games?

 

I also realize that there were other reasons the Cowboys did not come to Dallas, but it is still a shame that the Dallas Cowboys play in Ft Worth's Tarrant County.

 

ryan762
ryan762

 @albert.finney000  @ItsSoSad 

 

 I can't imagine the bitching that we would have had to listen to when all those Depression-era buildings got torn down to make the stadium as big as Jerry wanted.

d-may
d-may

 @albert.finney000  @ItsSoSad Yeah, $325 million in debt for a city of 370,000. Really bright. Glad to see public education in Arlington is as good as it is in Dallas.

d-may
d-may

 @ScottsMerkin  @ItsSoSad Wow, that does sound like a good deal. If that was the case, I wonder why it is that the State of Texas felt the need to pass the Jerry Amendment to the state constitution to specifically allow him the power of eminent domain for his Death Star?

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @dallas.l.may  @ItsSoSad slums, run down, dilapidated.  these were not kept up well homes that happened to be old. A few were decent and yes there were good people there, not all were bad but they were in the middle of the worst crime area in arlington.  They were offered packages including fair market, moving expenses and $22,500 on top of the value of the home.  Apartment dwellers were giving nearly $6k to pay for mving expenses and a new place

d-may
d-may

 @ScottsMerkin  @ItsSoSad Shacks. You know. Also known as people's homes. People that raised their kids there. People that didn't want to sell and were paid pennies on the dollar for the value. 

 

Right. Shacks.

d-may
d-may

 @ItsSoSad I don't disagree with you, though the economics are a bit different for building the stadium in a place like Fair Park then in the middle of a residential area. Further, Dallas has a much larger population than Arlington and has a much more robust commercial and industrial tax base. So it's not really as easy a comparison as that. But yes, $82M for upgrades for the stadium is pretty hard to swallow.  

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

 @ScottsMerkin  @dallas.l.may  @albert.finney000  @ItsSoSad

 My point exactly.

Football is a little different because of fewer games.

And Jerry Jones has been very active in getting other events in the stadium. Including 9 UIL High School Championship football games last fall and this fall.

Adds up to a BIG LOSS to Dallas in PR, entertainment business & tax revenue.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @dallas.l.may  @albert.finney000  @ItsSoSad actually it pretty fucking awesome if you ask me.  Ptu up 325 for a stadium worth1.2 billion, and they get all the sales tax revenus generated by people visiting from all over the place.  They paid off the ballpark in 10 years and lowered the sales tax rate once they did.  The same will happen with Jerry World.  So whats the big deal?  If you dont like it, dont spend money in arlington, where the sales tax rate is lower than any other city around DFW.  

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