Armed Forces to Invade Ford Stadium

Bowl moving from Amon G. Carter Stadium for one-time game

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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Armed Forces to Invade Ford Stadium

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Last year, the Cotton Bowl Classic football game moved to the Jerry Jones Coliseum, also known as Cowboys Stadium, leaving Dallas’ Cotton Bowl stadium empty and Dallas bereft of a bowl game.

At least it looked that way at the end of the second reel. In fine classic movie tradition, the U.S. Cavalry and the entire Armed Forces start the final reel by charging over the hilltop to the rescue.

The hilltop in this scenario is the Southern Methodist University campus and its Gerald J. Ford Stadium, where the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl occcurs Dec. 30. Not exactly a BCS game, but it’ll have to do.

The move comes at the expense of Fort Worth’s Amon G. Carter Stadium where renovations — set to begin immediately after the end of Texas Christian University Horned Frogs’ regular season — forced the one-year move. The Armed Forces Bowl should head back to Fort Worth for the 2011 kickoff.

Given the real Amon G. Carter’s legendary hatred of Dallas and all things Big D, the old man must be spinning in his grave. Still, he must derive a little glee from that fact that Dallas is living off Fort Worth's scraps.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He might be a loyal East Dallas resident but he kind of likes Fort Worth. Dallas could learn a thing of two from its downtown area.
 

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