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Cotton Bowl Stadium Renovations Complete, Set To Be Unveiled

Dallas Officials Today To Unveil $50M
Renovation Of Cotton Bowl Stadium 
The $50M renovation of the Cotton Bowl stadium is complete, and officials from the Univ. of Texas and Univ. of Oklahoma, as well as State Fair of Texas and City of Dallas officials, are "expected to unveil the stadium's significant upgrades" this afternoon, according to Brandon George of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The renovations make the Cotton Bowl the "ninth-largest stadium in the nation." While the stadium "has always lacked an adequate number of restrooms and concession areas," a source said that the "number of restrooms and concession stands has doubled." The source added that the stadium for the first time "will meet city code for both," as the "upper and lower decks in both end zones will feature wall-to-wall restrooms and concession stands." The source also said that the seating capacity "has grown from 76,000 to 92,180." There will be a "new upper concourse, and 18,000 bleacher seats -- 9,000 on each end -- have been added." In addition, the end zone area "will have a wider concourse," and the upper deck "will wrap 360 degrees around the stadium." Also, a three-story structure "has been added above the players' tunnel at the end of the stadium that will feature the coaches' locker room and a new media area that will replace a tent that had been used." The source said that the media room "will accommodate 250 people" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/11). 

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