Wednesday July 17, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 156



UH benefits from Texas showdown

By Andrew Fritsch
The Daily Cougar

For anyone who still holds the classic idea of stereotypical Texas dear, it's a dream come true Texans and Cowboys facing off in
the middle of a large metropolis in full view of thousands of people.

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Robertson Stadium will give Houston fans its first taste of Texans football when the city's new NFL franchise holds a scrimmage
against the Dallas Cowboys at UH on Aug. 2.

Except this time it's a football game featuring the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at UH's Robertson Stadium
instead of a shootout at the OK Corral.

"It's just kind of a run through," Senior Associate Athletics Director Larry Leckonby said. "It's not going to be a wide-open, kick-ass

The scrimmage will probably consist of the two teams starting with the ball on the 20-yard line and trying to score a touchdown or
punting, Leckonby said. Unlike a normal practice, the teams will get a sense of real competition, Leckonby said.

But Leckonby said that, regardless of what the competition is like, having Robertson Stadium connected to the Texans will mean
good publicity for the University.

"It might be kids and families or it might be stereotypical football fans," Leckonby said. "If it's kids, it's good because, if they have
aspirations of going to a university, they have exposure to UH already. They can see it's a nice place, and their first impression will be
a good impression."

This scrimmage will be the second time Houston and Dallas professional football teams have squared off at UH. The first was a
20-17 double-overtime victory by the Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs) over the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee
Titans) in the 1962 AFL Championship game at then-Jeppessen Stadium.

"The regular football fan will see that Robertson Stadium isn't a dump like Jeppesson Stadium was," Leckonby said.

Tickets for the event have been on sale since June 8 and are available via Ticketmaster for $10, $15 and $20. Students will not
receive discount pricing, said Randy Eton, associate athletic director for facilities, operations and special events. 

UH received an allotment of tickets that will be offered to season ticket holders first and then to faculty, students and staff, Eton said.

Eton said the Texans pursued UH for renting Robertson Stadium because it is the only local natural surface grass stadium that
has seating capacity to accommodate the event.

"The Texans aren't taking anything out of Houston," Eton said. "They could have gone to College Station or somewhere like that, but
it's a Houston team."

Proceeds from the event will benefit Juvenile Diabetes, Salvation Army Boys and Girls clubs and Houston Texans foundation.

The Texans will pay a percentage of ticket sales and any expenses incurred security, cleaning, etc. during the event to use
Robertson Stadium, Leckonby said.

"If we can get 15 to 20 thousand people at the game, 50 to 75 percent of whom haven't seen the stadium, that'll be a great day,"
Leckonby said. "The best case is if somebody from the Texans says it's a nice stadium."

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