More tickets for OU-Texas
Renovated Cotton Bowl will seat 92,000 for Red River Shootout

By Jake Trotter Published: July 21, 2008
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/> The new agreement was made two months after the New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Classic decided to relocate to Arlington beginning in 2010, which freed up $700,000 for the city of Dallas to use in persuading OU and Texas to stay.

OU and Texas now each receive $850,000 in direct annual subsidy from the city of Dallas beginning this year, up from $250,000.

In 2012, the subsidy will be bumped to $1 million for each team.

The increase in stadium capacity will increase ticket revenues for both schools as well.

McKoy said even though retaining OU-Texas was the Cotton Bowl's top priority, he's hoping the renovations will eventually lure other marquee regular-season games to the stadium during the fair.

"Even though this is going to be a great recruiting tool for us, we wanted to do this for OU and Texas,” McKoy said. "If we never secure another game, for us it was well worth it.”



Oklahoma and Texas' annual showdown is always a tough ticket, but an increase in the Cotton Bowl's capacity should mean about 8,000 more tickets on the Sooners' side of the stadium. Associated Press

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