Oklahoma and BYU will play the first college game in the Dallas Cowboys' new $1.1 billion-plus stadium in September.
The Sept. 5 game will be the first in a five-year deal between
the Cowboys and ESPN for season kickoff games at the stadium on
Labor Day weekend. The Oklahoma-BYU game will be televised in prime
time by ESPN or ABC.
"The Cowboys have achieved amazing stature in our area and we
are flattered that (owner) Jerry Jones and his organization would
include our program in this way," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said
in a release. "We understand that the stadium is a showplace."
The stadium with a retractable roof and about 80,000 seats is
scheduled to open in the summer. It is already set to host the
Super Bowl at the end of the 2010 NFL season and will become the
new home of the Cotton Bowl next January. The NBA All-Star game
will be played there next season, as will the next two Big 12
football championship games.
Texas A&M and Arkansas already have a long series planned at the
stadium, and Notre Dame will play Arizona State there in 2013.
Oklahoma, which plays in the BCS championship against Florida on
Thursday night, has played BYU only one other time. The Cougars won
31-6 in the 1994 Copper Bowl.
"We appreciate the unique opportunity of being part of the
first college game played in the new home of the Dallas Cowboys,"
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.