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Dallas wants OU-Texas deal before $50M upgrade

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
series.

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
Fair Park.

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.