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IF JONES RENOVATES IT, THE SUPER BOWL MAY COME
Published October 26, 1994
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones yesterday said that he is prepared to make an unspecified financial investment to support a proposed Texas Stadium expansion and is confident the improvements would lead the NFL to play a Super Bowl there. Jones said that stadium expansion would cost approximately $140M to expand the stadium to 104,000 seats and add air conditioning, a grass field and a retractable roof. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that the league is "receptive" to the possible stadium renovations and added that the modifications would make Texas Stadium a "strong candidate" for a Super Bowl. Jones: "I am very confident Paul would do everything he could to influence putting a Super Bowl here" (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/26). WHERE'S THE MONEY: Irving city officials said that Jones' proposed plan not only includes more seats and a closable roof but also a neighboring Cowboys hall of fame and an NFL theme park. City officials said that the additional improvements would raise the price tag of the project to about $200M. Council Member Harry Joe questioned whether the city could finance the plan and still contribute to a new arena for the Mavericks and Stars: "With $140 million estimated for the arena, and now $200 million for Texas Stadium, is the mayor proposing that the city pay for a $340 million sports district?" Despite that and other objections, Irving Mayor Bobby Joe Raper maintained that the city council will approve the project: "After their questions are answered, I'm sure there will be unanimous support" (Karen Michel, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/25). Jones said that public funds would be necessary: "I won't build this myself without help from the city" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/26).