Written by Corbett Smith
UIL AD: Cowboys organization has been ‘tremendous for high school football’
For those banking on the UIL’s state championship weekend rotating between Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, take note: the UIL is ecstatic to be playing its championship games at Cowboys Stadium.
“I don’t think there’s any argument that Cowboys Stadium is one of the preeminent venues, not just in the United States, but probably in the world,” UIL athletic director Mark Cousins said.
With the delay in announcing the title game location dragging well into the season, there was speculation that the Cowboys and the UIL were having difficulty hammering out an agreement. Cousins said that wasn’t the case, although the finalization of the contract took “longer than anyone would like.”
Cousins pointed out that the Cowboys organization has long been a great proponent of high school football, dating back to its time in Irving’s Texas Stadium. Even today, the state’s attendance record for a single game is 49,953, set at Texas Stadium in 1977 in a title game between Plano and Port Neches-Groves.
“They’ve been tremendous for high school football for a long time,” Cousins said.
He added that Tuesday’s announcement was just a one-year deal, declining to say if the league would be interested or was currently working on a long-term agreement with Cowboys Stadium. Cousins said that the league’s championship football game committee would likely meet in March to revisit some of these issues.