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JONES AND CITY OF IRVING DISCUSS EXPANSION OF TEXAS STADIUM
Published October 25, 1994
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and officials of Irving, TX, are discussing a plan to expand Texas Stadium by the year 2000. The plan would increase capacity to a league-high 104,000 seats, add air-conditioning, a grass field, and a retractable "clam shell" roof. Jones said the project would cost $130M to $140M and would make Texas Stadium attractive for Super Bowls and college bowl games. Irving Mayor Bobby Joe Raper said the the idea is "more than just talk. It's starting to pick up some momentum." Raper said there are no details on how the project would be paid for, but he did say part of the money could come from "hotel-motel taxes and franchise fees that the city collects from the stadium." Irving City Council member Morris Parrish "believes the idea will be tough to sell to taxpayers, many of whom already have concerns about the city's efforts to lure" the Mavericks and the North Stars. Jones paid $140M for the Cowboys and the Stadium in 1989 (Cowlishaw & Lunsford, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/24). CNBC's Sue Herera said the expansion would make Texas Stadium "the largest stadium in the U.S., and the only NFL stadium with over 100,000 seats" ("Market Wrap," 10/24).