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On the move?
Report: Cowboys considering Arlington for new stadium
Updated: Tuesday November 07, 2000 11:19 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, searching for a site to build a new stadium, is considering what it would take to relocate the team.
Jones considers Arlington -- between Dallas and Fort Worth -- the leading alternative for a site if he is unable to work out a deal for a new stadium in Irving, the Cowboys' current home. One site could be near the Texas Rangers' home, The Ballpark at Arlington.
"Any venture of that size would be great for Arlington," Mayor Elzie Odom told the Arlington Morning News in Tuesday's editions. "I'd like to see it, but I won't fight Irving for it."
But Odom said he wants to ensure that Arlington is not used as a pawn for Jones to bargain with other cities. Any pursuit of the team would be low-key, the mayor said.
The earliest the Cowboys could leave Texas Stadium is 2006. Although the team's lease runs through 2008, Jones has said the franchise can bail out two years before that by making payments to the city.
Jones earlier this year described his hopes for a Super Bowl-quality, 100,000-seat stadium with grass, a retractable roof and a surrounding entertainment district. A two-million square foot facility, Jones has said, would be about twice the size of Texas Stadium at Irving.
Building a new stadium, Jones has said, would increase his chances of playing host to the Super Bowl in 2007.
Arlington Chamber of Commerce President David Sampson said Monday that the Cowboys would boost Arlington's economic base and enhance its civic pride if the team relocates to the city.
"It would be something that could improve our position as a major tourism market," Sampson said.