Are you kidding? They are replacing real chairs with those crappy aluminum benches like some kind of a high school stadium? Those aluminum things, even the ones with backs, are slow torture chambers. I agree. The Cotton Bowl will be venue for high school and younger by the time they get through with it. However, didn't I hear last year that OU and UT signed a new contract to continue in the Cotton Bowl for several more years? If they want a neutral sight (which I think no longer serves a purpose), they should move to Texas Stadium. I really believe they should treat it like a regular season conference game and alternate home fields just like they do for the rest of the schedule.
This game will be in the new Cowboys stadium.And we will laugh more at the City of Dallas.
Doesn't aluminum last longer that plastic?I'm just sayin......Oh, and they make those carry-along stadium seating (whatever their called) for you old farts to sit on.
An overwhelming majority of UT & OU fans want to keep it at the Cotton Bowl with the State Fair background. It's unique & there are so few things about college football that are unique. It appears the powers that be prefer that too - they just signed a contract that runs to 2011 or 2012 (I can't remember which.) They are hoping the Cotton Bowl can come through with more improvements.
8:55, wouldn't laugh too hard at the City of Dallas. What's so great about being the city that has to "pick up the tab" to build something that will benefit others more than yourself? The city of Dallas will still get a lion's share of all the publicity and spending impact from football games in Arlington, especially the Super Bowl, yet doesn't have to pay for a new stadium. You think the TV networks are going to show blimp shots of downtown Arlington?For Dallas, it's like having a neighbor put in a new swimming pool and extending an open invitiation. And because it doesn't have to use its sales tax for a stadium, Dallas is instead building light rail to connect with DFW airport. If I'm a citizen of Dallas, at least expanding the rail system is something that benefits me.
Replacing the old fold-down seats with benches allows them to seat more people. That was the driving force behind that one. The fold-downs were fine, but when you add up the extra 4 inches or so per seat, that adds up. Needless to say, it was crowded on Saturday. I love having the game at the Fair, but the Cotton Bowl stadium is awful. It's just a big cluster F getting in & out and getting to get to and from the restrooms and concessions.
Maybe they are thinking they can pack more people in on bench seats?
I live in Dallas and I'm happily paying my part of the $50M capital improvements to the Cotton Bowl. I hope the game stays in Dallas forever because it's a very unique tradition.8:32, the craziness of the State Fair and the Cotton Bowl is part of the fun. We can drink lots of beer and eat lots of corny dogs right before the game...TX/OU game day is a blast.
Re: 8:11. Tradition! That's why we like it. I graduated from UT almost 30 year ago. The Texas-OU game was alway the highlight of the school year. My parents would invite my friends to stay with them. We'd get up bright & early Saturday morning, go to the park, roam around the fair, and then go watch a game. Drinking was legal at 18, but we only drank water & Dr. Pepper. It was usually too hot for us to consume alcohol.
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