SBD/Issue 169/Facilities & Venues

Big 12 Football Championship Headed To New Cowboys Stadium

New Cowboys Stadium Adds Big 12
Football Title Games In 2009, 2010
Days after being awarded Super Bowl XLV, the new Cowboys stadium has been selected to host the Big 12 football championship game in ’09 and 2010, according to Chip Brown of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said that some negotiations remained, including the stadium rental fee and “other enticements the Cowboys could provide.” The bid was based on an 80,000-seat configuration, and Weiberg said that the conference “stands to generate additional revenue from the facility’s multitude of suites and club seats.” The Big 12 also awarded the 2010 and 2011 basketball tournaments to the Sprint Center in K.C. But Weiberg and Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who chaired the Big 12 BOD at this week’s conference meetings, both said that the two-year contracts “should not be read as a move toward anchoring those events.” But they added that if Arlington and K.C. “did well ... there’s a chance they could be awarded those events in 2011-12 and 2012-13” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/25).

EARLY TIP-OFF: Starting with the ’09 Big 12 basketball tournaments at Ford Center in Oklahoma City, the men will switch to a Wednesday-Saturday format, with the women playing Thursday-Sunday. Men’s coaches “fueled the change” because they “preferred having an extra day to prepare for postseason play.” It will also give the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee “more time to consider Big 12 teams” (K.C. STAR, 5/25).

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