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BYU vs. Oklahoma game contract: Alcohol will flow freely until half
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Brigham Young University students and fans hold the distinction of being the "most stone-cold sober" in the country, according to the Princeton Review.

But when the Cougars play against Oklahoma at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 5, alcohol will flow freely in the general concessions areas through halftime and will be sold in the club areas and suites the entire game.

Conversely, when Texas Tech meets Baylor, a private Baptist university, at the same stadium on Nov. 28, no alcoholic beverages will be sold in the general concession areas, although they will be available in the club areas and private boxes.

That was just one of the oddities uncovered when the Dallas Morning News obtained contracts via open records requests for the games to be played at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' new venue.

A private institution, BYU did not have to release its portion of the game contract.

Among some of the other provisions as they relate to the BYU-OU game:

» Oklahoma will get $2.25 million for playing in the game, while BYU will get about $1.5 million. Morning News reporter Gary Jacobson told The Salt Lake Tribune he arrived at that figure for BYU (which was not listed in the OU contract) by asking BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe if BYU was getting close to the same amount of money it would get for a home game, which is $1.5 million, according to U.S. Department of Education figures. Holmoe said yes.

Also, OU's contract calls for it to get 1,000 free tickets behind its bench and four free suites. A BYU official said he is not aware of the Cougars receiving a similar deal. By comparison, when Arizona State plays Notre Dame in Arlington in 2013, ASU will receive $1.4 million and the use of two free suites, according to another contract.

» The partnership that runs the stadium, Cowboys Stadium L.P., will get 1,000 club seats -- among the best seats in the stadium-- at no cost.

» Parking won't be free, though. The price tag to park near the stadium: $38.

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