Renovation prompts Armed Forces Bowl move


SMU’s Ford Field will hold the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 due to the official announcement of renovations to Amon G. Carter Stadium, a university media representative said.

Mark Cohen, athletics media relations director, said Monday that the $105 million renovation of the stadium would begin immediately afterthe final home game of the 2010 season on Nov. 13.

Cohen said the teams and bowl activities would still be based in Fort Worth. The only difference would be that the game would be played in Dallas.

He said the location of the 2011 game is currently unknown and would depend on the progress of the renovations. The 2012 game, however, would return to Fort Worth after renovations would be completed.

Head football coach Gary Patterson said the football team would play all of its home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium during the renovation period.

The renovation will be the first major one done to the stadium since 1956, when the university added the upper deck. The stadium opened in 1930.