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Texas, North Carolina Could Play Hoops At New Cowboys Stadium

Univ. of Texas (UT) athletic department sources indicated that UT and Univ. of North Carolina (UNC) officials are "in serious discussions with the Cowboys" to host a men's basketball game early next season at the new $1.1B stadium in Arlington, according to Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Sources said that a likely date would be December 19, 2009, "as part of a home-and-home agreement." UT and UNC "would also meet in the 2010-11 season," probably in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sources said that the schools "still have to work out logistics and sign contracts." An official announcement "could be a month or more away" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/14). A UT spokesperson said that the matchup "could be the first in a four-game series" between the schools (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/14). UNC is scheduled to play Michigan State in December at Ford Field. UNC Associate AD Steve Kirschner said playing basketball games at football venues is "not something we are specifically looking to do," but added when the "opportunity comes to play in unique venues like those we are happy to take a look at them" (THE DAILY).

SPORTING EVENTS CONFIRMED FOR NEW COWBOYS STADIUM
DATE
EVENT
September 2009 Cowboys' first home game
October 3, 2009 Texas A&M-Arkansas (football)
December 2009 Big 12 Football Championship
January 2, 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl
February 6, 2011 Super Bowl XLV
October 5, 2013 Notre Dame-Arizona State (football)
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