DALLAS (AP) _ The annual football game between the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas will be played at the Cotton Bowl at least through 2015, Dallas city officials announced Friday.
Although a formal contract has not been signed, an agreement is in place between the schools, the city and the State Fair of Texas, said Meranda Cohn, chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Laura Miller. The Dallas City Council must also approve the contract.
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said he was pleased all sides agreed to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl.
``Because of its prominent history and unique atmosphere, the setting of the Red River Rivalry truly represents one of the most special games in all of college football,'' Castiglione said in a statement. ``We are grateful for the relationship we share with the State Fair and City of Dallas.
The teams have played in Dallas every year since 1929, but it was unclear in recent months if the organizers of the annual game would leave for another venue after the current agreement ran out after the 2010 game. In February, Cotton Bowl officials announced that in 2010 they were moving the New Year's Day bowl game to the Arlington, Texas, site of the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, set to open in 2009.
``We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl stadium,'' Texas men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement, ``and we look forward to continuing our tradition in Dallas.''
Texas fans in burnt orange and Oklahoma fans wearing crimson fill each fill one half of the seats at the Cotton Bowl, which are divided at the 50-yard line for the rivalry game played annually on a Saturday during the state fair in October.
In addition to $20 million recently spent on Cotton Bowl renovations, Dallas residents voted in November to approve $30 million in bonds for additional improvements, including upgrades to bathrooms at the aging stadium and expanding the stadium to seat 92,000.