When the Big 12 Conference football championship game returns next year, it will be anchored in AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will host the game for five consecutive years from 2017-21.
The Big 12 voted to bring back the title game after a six-year absence. The last two Big 12 championship games were played at AT&T Stadium and decided by a total of four points — and Texas was a part of one of them.
Hunter Lawrence kicked a last-second field goal to give the second-ranked Longhorns a 13-12 win over No. 22 Nebraska in 2009.
However, the game ended in controversy because it was highly questionable with the clock ran out or not on a Colt McCoy throwaway pass. Texas was allowed to kick the field goal and went on to the national championship game, where it lost to Alabama.
The following season, No. 9 Oklahoma upended No. 13 Nebraska 23-20 behind two second-half field goals.
Now after a hiatus, the game returns but won’t move around any time soon.
The Alamodome in San Antonio and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City were competing with Arlington, but it appears AT&T Stadium made a bid that blew the others away. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
FOX and ESPN will alternate the telecasts of the game, which will be on the first weekend in December. FOX will carry the game in 2017 and odd-numbered years through 2023, while ESPN will handle the telecasts in even-numbered years through the 2024 game. Sites for 2022-24 have not been determined.
AT&T Stadium opened in 2009 with a seating capacity of 80,000 that can be maximized to over 100,000 with standing room. Among its many features are a retractable roof, one of the world’s largest high definition video screens and a collection of contemporary art.
The Big 12 title games have been competitive and sometimes surprising. The previous 15 games featured five contests in which the higher-ranked team was upset and five that were decided by a touchdown-or-less.
PREVIOUS BIG 12 TITLE GAME SITES
2010 AT&T Stadium (previously Cowboys Stadium) – Arlington, Texas
2009 AT&T Stadium (previously Cowboys Stadium) – Arlington, Texas
2008 Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
2007 Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
2006 Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
2005 Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas
2004 Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
2003 Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
2002 Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas
2001 Texas Stadium – Irving, Texas
2000 Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.
1999 Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
1998 TWA Dome – St. Louis, Mo.
1997 Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
1996 TWA Dome – St. Louis, Mo.
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