DALLAS -- The Cotton Bowl would add more than 16,000 seats and undergo extensive remodeling under a plan unveiled Monday, but the city's mayor warned that the home of the Texas-Oklahoma game must receive new commitments before renovations are approved.
The nearly $50 million proposal would upgrade seats, concession stands, scoreboards and restrooms to the decaying 75-year-old
stadium. Seating capacity would increase to 92,100 under the
34-proposal that was to be submitted to the City Council.
Frustrated with the deteriorating facility, athletic directors
from Texas and Oklahoma have threatened to exercise an opt-out
after 2007 and switch the Red River Rivalry to a home-and-home
Dallas Mayor Laura Miller wants extended commitments from
schools before making improvements. Miller said in Monday's edition
of The Dallas Morning News that if the city doesn't receive
long-term pledges, "then we won't upgrade the Cotton Bowl."
Prairie View-Grambling and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic are the
only other football games the stadium hosts. The city has been
trying to lure Texas A&M and Texas Tech to play its annual game at
Before this year's game, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he wanted to keep the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas but wasn't optimistic. He said he would find it difficult for the city to commit so much money to a stadium that hosts only a handful of
games each year.