OU Texas Stays at Fair Park...
On Friday morning a news conference was held in the Cotton Bowl announcing that the City of Dallas and the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas had reached an agreement to extend the Red River Rivalry at the Fair grounds to 2015.
OU AD Joe Castiglione said that an even longer commitment is not out of the question in the future, but that deterioration of the stadium had to be addressed first:
"We'd prefer to keep the series there as long as we can. Over the years however. there were a lot of things that just weren't done. There were a lot of things that needed to be done, including an expansion of the seating area, and we gave the Cotton Bowl and the City of Dallas a two year extension a few years ago to begin making some progress in those areas."
Castiglione, says that OU fans can expect several new things this year:
"All of the old chair backs have been taken out, the concrete base is getting repaired and all new seating will replace the old chair backs. To improve room, bench seating will replace the chair backs in much of the stadium, and chair backs will be replaced in premium seating areas."
"A final capacity of 90 - 92,000 is the target; and with that each school will be able to accommodate almost 45,000 fans each, a huge improvement from where we were several years ago."
It's no secret that the new Cowboys stadium made a run at being the venue for future OU - Texas games. Castiglione admitted that there were some advantages, but said that they may have made the City of Dallas get serious about Fair Park.
"We know that anytime Jerry Jones does something it will be first class, but on top of a change in the unique venue that Fair Park offers, the bottom line is that the new Cowboys stadium will simply not accommodate the numbers that an expanded Cotton Bowl will."
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