Cotton Bowl begins era at Cowboys Stadium

By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: December 13, 2009
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/> "We don’t control that process, so that’s not what drives us,” Baker said of potential inclusion in the BCS. "Hopefully when, and if, the BCS decides to look at its structure, and if another bowl game is considered, we would be one that would be considered.”

The move to Cowboys Stadium makes the Cotton Bowl Classic a strong candidate if the BCS does choose to expand in 2015. The stadium provides a "wow” factor that few football facilities in the nation can compete with.

"We’re in the memory business,” Baker said. "We want to create memories, and we thought to create the very best memories for the fans, players, coaches that we owed it to them to play in the finest football facility that we possibly could.

"It’s arguably the top facility in the country.”

Capacity for the Cotton Bowl has decreased from the 88,175 in Cotton Bowl Stadium to 71,167 in Cowboys Stadium, but the retractable roof removes any weather concerns and makes the Cotton Bowl arguably the most attractive non-BCS bowl.

"We want to be the best that we can be and provide the best experience that we can,” Baker said. "We are just going to do what we do, and hopefully it will be noticed at the proper time.”