OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione added: "The OU-Texas game represents one of the great traditions of college football, largely because of its location in Dallas, a neutral location for both universities, and the unique atmosphere that exists at the State Fair. It is also unique in that both universities are allowed an equal number of seats for their fans which adds to the excitement of the event. Obviously, we cannot put aside the practical aspects, but we sense commitment from our partners and other constituents in Dallas and are anxious to work toward an agreement that can address our very real concerns, while preserving the greatness of this event."
The City of Dallas has proposed a $50 million dollar renovation to the aging Cotton Bowl stadium but the city is also looking for assurances from both schools that it will keep the game at the State Fair long term before putting the bond issue to voters. While Oklahoma athletics department officials have expressed a desire to keep the game in Dallas, Texas officials have been far more tight-lipped, leading to speculation that the Horns are the driving force for the game to go home-and-home.
Whether the $50 million dollar renovation figure is realistic given the decaying nature of the stadium remains in question, and whether today's announcement is simply a temporary reprieve for the tradition or a step towards a more permanent solution is unknown at this time.