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New Cowboys’ Stadium Discussed

January 23, 1998

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys and Arlington city leaders have discussed the possibility of the city building a new home for the NFL team, although neither side considers a deal very likely.

The Arlington Morning News and the Arlington Star-Telegram reported today that a state representative organized an August meeting between officials from the Cowboys and the city. The team currently plays at Texas Stadium in Irving.

``They wanted to say one of these days in the next eight to 10 years we are going to have to think about how to get a new stadium, so don’t use up all of your resources and forget we are still in the market,″ said former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, now the vice president of community relations for the Arlington Star-Telegram.

Jud Heflin, director of stadium and community development for team owner Jerry Jones, said the meeting was organized by state Rep. Kim Brimer.

Heflin said that during the meeting he outlined ways to use a bill sponsored by Brimer to build a new stadium for the Cowboys near The Ballpark in Arlington, home of baseball’s Texas Rangers.

However, Heflin added that he still believes the Cowboys and Irving will work out an agreement.

``Irving has been a good host city for 26 years, and we have a continuing obligation with Irving,″ Heflin said.

The Cowboys played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas from their first season in 1960 until Texas Stadium was built in 1971. In 1985, the stadium added 118 crown suites to give the stadium a total of 296 private suites.

Arlington, located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, negotiated over the summer with officials from the NHL Stars and NBA Mavericks about building a new arena for the Dallas-based teams.

However, the teams gave the city of Dallas a shot at keeping them and last Saturday voters narrowly approved plans to build a downtown arena, ensuring the teams of remaining in Dallas for 30 years.

``Looking at what Arlington did with the Stars and the Mavericks, it would fit into that pattern,″ Irving Mayor Morris Parrish said. ``I certainly hope that it doesn’t work.″

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