New Cowboys stadium would replace Cotton Bowl

Updated: February 23, 2004, 12:59 AM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys officials say they will look at the possibility of building a new stadium at Fair Park.

Dallas Mayor Laura Miller suggested the site Thursday, after telling the Cowboys she would not support contributing funds to redevelop a downtown industrial area the Cowboys have expressed interest in.

Miller said the Cowboys have to come up with a plan the supports the city's agenda.

Fair Park is already developed and would benefit from having the stadium, which would replace the Cotton Bowl. It would also require less public investment.

"It may be different from what we would do downtown, but that is part of the mandate -- to see what we can do," said George Bayoud, a former Texas secretary of state and adviser to the Cowboys.

The report appears in Friday's online edition of The Dallas Morning News.

The new plan deviates from a concept the Cowboys discussed last year.

The architects of that plan envisioned a $600 million stadium surrounded by shops, a Cowboys museum, hotels and public fields, the newspaper reported.

The team wanted to raise hotel and car-rental taxes to generate funds to build the stadium. It promised to build the surrounding development at the same time it constructed the stadium.

Members of the group called "No Jones Tax" oppose raising the taxes to help fund a new venue. About 200 people attended the group's rally last week.

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