NORMAN — We’re not surprised that Oklahoma and Texas have renewed plans to play in the Cotton Bowl inside the state fairgrounds. It’s a tradition that neither school’s alumni wants to end.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the contract extension this week. It guarantees that the game will be played in the Cotton Bowl through 2025. The Sooners and Cowboys first played there in 1929.
The historic stadium has seen better days, but the commitment from the schools gives them some breathing room and a way to plan for renovation. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has openly courted the rivalry, hoping to move it to his AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas has spent more than $80 million on the Cotton Bowl in the last seven years. They’ve added seats, a new scoreboard and have made some restroom additions. It’s a lot of money for a stadium that gets little use the rest of the year. Any business will tell you it’s hard to make it on one Saturday afternoon in October.
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