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Opinion

May 15, 2012

Keep the OU-Texas game in Cotton Bowl

NORMAN — Call us Old School if you want, but we support the decision by the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas to play their annual football game in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl.

It’s a rivalry like few others in college football. Moving it across the city to the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium or making it a home and away series would quickly kill that tradition. OU has played a game inside the cavernous Cowboy Stadium. There was lots of red, but it still didn’t seem like the Sooner Nation was there.

Representatives of both schools met Friday and signed an agreement that keeps the game inside the Cotton Bowl on the Texas State Fairgrounds through 2020. The game, held during the Texas State Fair, has been voted one of college football’s best rivalries.

The game has been played there since 1932. The series began in 1900 and has been played in Dallas every year since 1912, except for 1913 when it was played in Houston and 1922 in Norman and 1923 in Austin.

The Dallas City Council agreed this past month to take on more than $25 million in debt to renovate the aging stadium. In recent years, the stadium has added seats, a video scoreboard and some additional plumbing.

The city this year is expected to add some facades to the end zones, rebuild the press box, add new club seats below the press box, upgrade concourses and improve concession areas, according to the Dallas News.

While they’re at it, how about some better signage pointing the best ways into the stadium? Not everyone wants to navigate through the carnival midway before and after the game.

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