Today the Cotton Bowl is opening its doors for the first time to let people see the new renovations at the 78-year-old stadium.
For years there has been a fight between stadium organizers and the City of Dallas to update the old stadium, and for years, there has been nothing done. Then last year it was announced that the Cotton Bowl Game was going to move to the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington.
That was when the city decided they better do something—and they did something to the tune of 57 million dollars.
But what will that get you? How about adding 16,000 seats, making the upper deck a full bowl with a continuous concourse, expanding existing concourses, and adding two new gates, more concession stands, and more restrooms? But the gem of the stadium is said to be its new media center and larger locker rooms.
With an overall seating capacity of 92,000, it can now be called the eighth-largest stadium in the country.
For city council and stadium organizers, it will be vital to attract marquee matchups for this renovation to be a success. The first big test will come on Oct. 11 during the annual Texas-OU game. If this game goes off great, it will show how the new improvements have made it a great venue once again.
With all of the history at this stadium, and having the chance to bring it back to its former glory, I for one am hoping to see some marquee games start being played here on a yearly basis.
This was once the gem of the Dallas football landscape, but time took its toll and ended that greatness. Now the city has put a new shine on it in hopes of bringing it back to its former self.
Here is a list of games to be played at the Cotton Bowl this year.
Oct. 4: Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling
Oct. 11: Texas vs. Oklahoma
Oct. 18: Texas A&M Commerce vs. East Central University
Nov. 29: Texas Southern vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Jan. 2: AT&T Cotton Bowl Game