March 25, 2009
WACO, Texas -- After playing the first 67 football games in the series on-campus, Baylor and Texas Tech have agreed to move their next two football games in North Texas, beginning with the 2009 contest, originally scheduled for Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium.
The 2009 game, which Baylor will host, will be played at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington, Nov. 28. The following year, Texas Tech will host the game at the historic Cotton Bowl with the backdrop of the annual Texas State Fair, Oct. 9.
As a result of the Baylor-Texas Tech move in 2010, the Baylor-Kansas football game in Waco will shift to Oct. 2.
"Baylor football is on the rise and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase our program in the Metroplex against a Big 12 rival for the next two years," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.
"Both Cowboys Stadium and the Cotton Bowl are attractive venues for different reasons," he added. "Cowboys Stadium has the finest amenities of any football facility in the world, and the Cotton Bowl is rich in tradition and an ideal place to play during the State Fair."
Baylor and Texas Tech both enjoy large alumni bases in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, so this move affords both institutions the opportunity to showcase their respective programs to fans and alumni in one of the state's largest metro areas. Baylor has more than 41,000 alumni and friends in the Metroplex, while Tech has over 35,000 alumni in the region.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for our football program to gain visibility and credibility in front of our fans, alums and friends in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex," said second-year head Baylor football coach Art Briles. "Our players and coaches are excited about having the chance to play in the Cowboys new stadium this fall and at the Cotton Bowl in 2010. This is a good move for our program that will pay benefits in many areas, including recruiting."
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said, "Arlington is proud to be the host of this classic in 2009. It will be a great rivalry for years to come, and we are so pleased that the first game will be in the great new Cowboy stadium here in Arlington."
Like his Arlington counterpart, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is also excited about the opportunity to host the 2010 Baylor-Texas Tech game at the famed Cotton Bowl in Fair Park.
"We are thrilled to have yet another big game in the historic Cotton Bowl in Fair Park," said Leppert. "It's an excellent opportunity for college recruiting, and with the game being played during the State Fair of Texas, we're confident the Bears, Red Raiders and their fans will turn this into a new State Fair tradition."
Ticket prices for the 2009 game have been set at $100 for club seating, $60 for lower level seats and $40 for upper level seats within the Cowboys new stadium. Baylor and Texas Tech students will be able to purchase a ticket for $25.
As former Southwest Conference members, Baylor and Texas Tech have been meeting on the gridiron nearly every year since 1929. The Red Raiders have won the last 13 meetings between the programs to take a 34-32-1 series lead. Texas Tech won last year's game at Lubbock, 35-28, while Baylor's last series victory was a 9-7 decision at Waco in 1995.