Ever since Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys built that massive stadium out in Arlington, Texas, there has been rumors and reports of them trying to lure the Red River Rivalry game away from the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. Jones and the Cowboys have already successfully lured away the Cotton Bowl from the Cotton Bowl in an effort to move it up the BCS ranks of important bowl games, and they have been eyeing the annual clash between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.
Well, Jones will have to wait another 10 years it looks like.
From the Dallas Morning News:
The football game will remain at the Fair Park icon through 2025, said Dallas civic leader Pete Schenkel, who led negotiations for the city and the State Fair of Texas. The previous deal had gone through 2020, contingent on the city making since-completed upgrades to the stadium.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is expected to formally announce the extension Tuesday afternoon at a news conference. The school’s boards of trustees must still approve the deal, but both athletic departments have signed off on the agreement, Schenkel said.
It is a great decision to keep it at the Fair Park, where the Cowboys stadium should’ve been built anyways had the city of Dallas not tried to play hardball with Jerry Jones. So much of the history and culture surrounding the game is built not only into that specific venue, but the state fair going on just outside it.
Moving the game to Arlington would’ve ripped it away from all that history and tradition.
For more information check out the Dallas Morning News.