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Re: Fair Park

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 01 Aug 2018 11:41

Redblock wrote:Back in '94(?) the Cotton Bowl hosted 1 or 2 of the preliminary matches when the US hosted the World Cup. Now Dallas is on the list of 23 cities which could host games for the 2026 World Cup.


They also located the media center for the whole thing in Fair Park.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 01 Aug 2018 11:46

tamtagon wrote:...still pissed LaMiller turned The Cowboys away from Fair Park.


If that were only true then that would be the one thing to like about her.

The reality is that Jerry Jones insisted that the county commissioners (not the city) schedule the referendum for the taxpayer funding immediately, knowing they wouldn't/couldn't do that. So he was able to claim he gave Dallas a shot, when he never had any interest at all.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby tamtagon » 01 Aug 2018 11:59

Hannibal Lecter wrote:
tamtagon wrote:...still pissed LaMiller turned The Cowboys away from Fair Park.


If that were only true then that would be the one thing to like about her.

The reality is that Jerry Jones insisted that the county commissioners (not the city) schedule the referendum for the taxpayer funding immediately, knowing they wouldn't/couldn't do that. So he was able to claim he gave Dallas a shot, when he never had any interest at all.


The politics and scheduling was whacked out, but the county would have done it. LaMiller was leading the No Way coalition.

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/jer ... lt-7098718

...Jerry Jones confirmed that Miller basically told him "don't let the door hit you on your way out" when he approached her with the idea of building a $600 million stadium in Fair Park back in 2004.


also:
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/arlingt ... r-for-8253

LaMiller was a champion for downtown and helped orchestrate the vitality that's still growing. She put all the focus resources Fair Park needed into the Trinity River Park. Hundreds of millions from the city and/or county for a new Cotton Bowl was never part of the former mayor's plan.

It's a shame.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 01 Aug 2018 13:03

Oh please adding Jerry world to fair park would have been catastrophic for South Dallas. That would all but guarenntee the perpetual use of the parking lots that cut the area off from humanity. Not to mention the gates around the complex (People aren't gonna feel "safe" leaving their cars there). Furthermore, the city would have to fork over hundreds of millions to the richest sports franchise in the world for a private stadium.GTFOH.

Look at the promises Jerryworld made to Arlington.. none of them have materialized a decade plus later. There's no revitalization happening there just traffic


Not having the Cowboys is a blessing in disguise for South Dallas. We actually now have management who wants to connect the area to the city and revitalize the area. Not to mention citizens who want to make the park a true gem.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby exelone31 » 01 Aug 2018 16:03

On the sports front, I was looking around Spectra's website, and noticed that they manage the Cal Expo fairgrounds in Sacramento. Under their management (http://www.spectraexperiences.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/California-Exposition-State-Fair_CaseStudy.pdf), they are now the home venue for the Sacramento Republic (a USL team that is often brought up in the conversation of the "next team to jump to Major League Soccer").

I know that FC Dallas is going to be starting a USL 3 team next season, or at least it has been rumored. In all likelihood, they will play up in Frisco, but it'd be cool to bring some of that back to the Cotton Bowl like the old days.

Random note: Isn't it kind of funny that Spectra is owned by Comcast, while Spectrum (cable company) was formerly Time Warner Cable? What a world we live in, huh?

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Re: Fair Park

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 02 Aug 2018 08:42

Jerry Jones also wanted a completely modern stadium not just in function but in design. Putting it in Fair Park would have not only meant tearing down the Cotton Bowl but the new design would have had to include art deco and historical design context which Jerry Jones could care less about. ANy design would require review from multiple governmental bodies on local, state and federal levels. His stadium footprint would also be quite a bit bigger than the Cotton Bowl and most of the surrounding buildings would have had to be severely modified or removed to make it happen. Of course, to some people, Fair Park, and its historical buildings as they are now are dead weight so to them they wouldn't care about that but it would require a mountain of political will not just local but the federal level to tear down the protected buildings.

All things that could eventually be overcome with money and the city pushing hard for it but it would have slowed the project down immensely and Jerry has no romanticism for the City of Dallas or Fair Park. Jerry Jones like a petulant child wants what he wants when he wants. He has the most profitable team in the league and expects city hall to bow down to him for it. Laura Miller wasn't without faults that's for sure but she also wasn't willing to bankrupt the city in more than one way just to beg to Jerry Jones and the sacred cow of the Dallas Cowboys and I love her for it.

Congrats to Spectra and the Fair Park foundation that will be overseeing all changes they will be made to Fair Park. Some will probably upset me but to do what we were doing under the cities bad management was not working. I for once like the fact that the city has required the first project to be completed would be a neighborhood park element. The Fair Park neighborhood deserves that land to be accessible and to increase their quality of life. Instead, it continues to hold all the property around it in constant depression.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby tamtagon » 02 Aug 2018 09:04

I think the scale is about right, pasting the stadium built in Arlington into Fair Park...
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Re: Fair Park

Postby Tnexster » 02 Aug 2018 10:42

^Wow that is an amazing comparison but imagine that plus the sea of parking that would have been required and what that foot print would have looked like.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby casperitl » 02 Aug 2018 10:58

tamtagon wrote:I think the scale is about right, pasting the stadium built in Arlington into Fair Park...


The plan would have been to demolish the Cotton Bowl and shift the new stadium a little further to the east by demolishing the Expo Center(blue rodeo arena) and also building into areas where the Top O' Texas Tower stands. It would have fit size wise. Starplex would have gone away.

There would have been major reconstruction of Grand and Fitzhugh as ingress/egress from I-30. It would have worked and it would have preserved Fair Park's Centennial buildings.

The real damage done to Fair Park was when the Morton Meyerson, Perot Museum and the arts district pulled up stakes and moved out of Fair Park. It will take Fair Park generations to recover from that.

As a native Dallasite I am happy to see Spectra as the chosen vendor. I like going to events at Fair Park outside of the State Fair.

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Re: Fair Park

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 02 Aug 2018 12:17

Some of those plans you speak of to make room for a stadium work in Fair Park were pipe dreams as much as a new stadium would be in general. They were concept renderings without any real groundwork done. They certainly were pretty pictures that looked good on TV though. You try putting an elephant in a tea shop without breaking a few dishes.

I agree though when the 1% in Dallas decided to move all of the Arts and Museums to the Arts District that was the bigger doom to Fair Park more than anything. Institutions like that would provide a lot more valuable customer base that doesn't overload parking lots causing massive parking garages or lots etc. Fair Park was the original Arts District after all and the rate of daily visitors and smaller events would have provided a nice steady stream of visitors.


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