When Jerry Jones was touring the Metroplex to determine where to locate the new Cowboys Stadium, which would replace the iconic Texas Stadium in Irving, he made city officials promises that he would build the biggest and the best stadium in the world and it would attract world class events.
He didn’t lie.
It was announced yesterday that the first ever college football playoff championship game will be played at Cowboys Stadium.
The national championship game will join a long list of events hosted by the stadium, including Super Bowl XLV, the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, bowling, bull riding and numerous college and high school football games. The NCAA men’s Final Four will come to the stadium next April.
Add to those events two Manny Pacquiao fights and concerts by such international superstars as U2, Paul McCartney, and others, not to mention conventions and other assorted gatherings, and you have what Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck (who happens to the doctor that delivered our first daughter, booyah!) terms Jerry being as good as his word.
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said this is another example of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones making good on promises to the city. Cluck said Arlington residents agreed to fund $325 million worth of the stadium’s $1.2 billion cost with the understanding that it would become an “iconic” venue attracting the nation’s most prominent sporting events.
“When you stack it up against other stadiums, ours seems to prevail,” Cluck said. “It seems almost perfect for major events in this country, sporting events and others.”
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic moved its headquarters from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas after Cowboys Stadium opened to try and make itself the relevant tier one bowl it had always been before the BCS relegated it to a run-of-the-mill second tier bowl game. Although it is somewhat the confusing that the antiquated but iconic Cotton Bowl at Fair Park is not the home of the Cotton Bowl game, the move has paid off.
The NCAA has announced that the Cotton Bowl (the one in Arlington) will become one of the six venues for the semi-final games in the new four-team playoff format.
Jerry Jones is obviously thrilled with the coup and rightfully so.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboys Stadium,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a prepared statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected to host the first national championship as part of the new playoff structure. This is a major win for our region.”
The city of Dallas, though they failed to put together a compelling bid to land Cowboys Stadium, is pretty stoked, too.
“There’s no one who loves football more than we do,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “And there’s not a better stadium in the world for a national championship than Cowboys Stadium. … We want this to be the epicenter for the college football playoffs.”
With the Cowboys playing .500 football for the past 15+ years, you have to give Jerry Jones a C or maybe a C- as an NFL General Manager. But as a visionary. a builder, a dreamer, a deal-maker, and a boon to the Dallas area economy, he gets an A+. And that is only because there is no higher grade to give him.
Kudos to Jerry. Congratulations to Arlington. And…