Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
We are entering the era of neutral-site games in the Big 12 this season.
The Cotton Bowl will be home for the usual Texas-Oklahoma game. And Missouri-Kansas and Iowa State-Kansas State will be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
But the biggest center will be at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas. It will host three games in its first season, including the first of two consecutive Big 12 championship games.
The new facility will host the Oklahoma-BYU game during the opening weekend of the season on Sept. 5.
Arkansas and Texas A&M will meet on Oct. 3 in the first battle between the two old rivals since the days of the Southwest Conference.
And the Big 12's BCS berth will be on the line at the conference's championship game on Dec. 5.
The Wall Street Journal had an interesting story about some of the amenities planned for the facility and how the lagging economy is hurting the sale of luxury boxes and title sponsorships.
I did get kind of excited reading about some of the features planned for the $1.1 billion -- yes, with a big, Jerry Jones-sized "B" -- facility.
The stadium will be able to hold up to 100,000 fans. The scoreboard, which will feature a humongous 160-foot-long high-definition screen, will cost more than $35 million alone. That price tag is more than what Texas Stadium cost when it was built.
The biggest hitters will actually park inside the stadium and have the ability to frolic in more than 200,000 square feet of clubs and lounges at the facility.
And the absolutely neatest trinket is this: The most expensive seats will be at field level, which patios only a few feet from the Cowboys' bench. Players will pass through the attached club on their way to and from the field.
Is that going to be neat? I can hardly wait to check it out.