It didn’t take long for Cotton Bowl chairman Tommy Bain to brag about the place the Cotton Bowl calls home. During a teleconference with media earlier this week, he proclaimed new Cowboys Stadium to be, “The greatest stadium in the world.”
In most cases, one would pass off such a statement as obvious hyperbole. I mean, look at the guy who is saying it. It is Bain’s job to make the Cotton Bowl’s venue seem as attractive and appealing as possible.
But he just might be telling the truth here. The $1.12 billion dollar, state-of-the-art stadium Jerry Jones built in 2009 is arguably the best there is. It is 3 million square feet, features a massive video board that stretches from 20-yard line to 20-yard line and is so big that from a distance it looks like the top half of the Death Star.
(Quick aside: A friend of mine who lived in Dallas for several years tells me the Death Star is an acceptable nickname for Cowboys Stadium with the locals, but Jerry World and the house that Jerry built are not)
When asked how this venue compares to the actual Cotton Bowl stadium, which is where K-State played in its last two Cotton Bowls, Bain replied: “It’s upgraded in every way you can imagine.”