Arkansas and Texas A&M have agreed to continue the "Southwest Classic" at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas through the 2024 season. The contract amendment extends the current agreement 11 more years for the classic rivalry game that was originally renewed during the inaugural year of Cowboys Stadium in 2009.
With Texas A&M moving to the Southeastern Conference this season, the conference match-up game will be moved to campus sites in both 2012 and 2013 before returning to Cowboys Stadium for the next 11 years through the 2024 season.
"This is an exciting time for Cowboys Stadium and fans of college football," said Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "To be able to continue to host two of the most storied college football programs here in North Texas for years to come, and now in an SEC match-up no less, should thrill fans of both schools. For the past three years, we have seen the energy and enthusiasm students, fans and alumni from the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University have brought to Cowboys Stadium, and we look forward to building on that tradition in the years ahead."
The new long-term contact replaces the original contract which was a 10-year agreement by the schools through 2018.