Arlington officials elated to get the college football championship

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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ARLINGTON -- Only three days into his new job, Experience Arlington CEO Ronnie Price was pleased to learn Wednesday that Cowboys Stadium was selected to host the new college football national championship in January 2015.

That event will follow another major sporting event by just nine months -- the 2014 NCAA Final Four, set for April.

"It's another great addition to the growing list of impressive events that Arlington hosts," said Price, whose organization was hired by the city to promote the entertainment district and other tourism destinations.

Price was among Arlington leaders praising the BCS commissioners' decision to select Cowboys Stadium over Tampa, Fla.

"I have dreamed about this opportunity for a long time. It's really nice to see it come to fruition," Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said.

"Obviously college football is extremely popular in this country. It will add so much money to our coffers through sales taxes and hotel occupancy taxes. We need those big games."

The venue has brought several high-profile events to town, including the NBA All-Star Game in 2010, Super Bowl XLV in 2011 and the NCAA men's basketball South Regional semifinals, better known as the Sweet 16, this year.

"To me, it's just one more indication that we as a community made the right decision when we voted to support the stadium," Arlington Chamber of Commerce President Wes Jurey said.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't build a state-of-the-art venue for just eight Cowboys games a year, Jurey said.

The stadium hosts 100 to 150 events annually that have helped establish Arlington as a go-to site, he said.

"He wasn't building a football stadium," Jurey said.

"He was building an entertainment venue that you can play football in."

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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