UCLA Bruins to play football game at Cowboys Stadium

By Kevin Kelley -

Cowboys StadiumThe UCLA Bruins are close to finalizing a deal to play a football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero announced on his weekly blog.

UCLA is expected to make an official announcement in the next few days. No other specifics were revealed, such as the date and opponent.

Here is the full text of the story from Guerrero’s blog:

During my tenure as a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, I conducted a site visit at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in 2008 while it was still under construction to ascertain whether it could possibly serve as a future venue for the NCAA Final Four. Soon after this tour, Cowboys Stadium was indeed selected to host the Final Four in 2014.

As part of this visit, Jerry Jones walked me around and shared his vision for the stadium. Of course, football is his love, and he was adamant when he stated that there would be no finer venue in which to experience a football game. Soon afterward, it became my vision to somehow get the Bruins to play in that stadium and allow our fans to truly enjoy that special experience.

I am pleased to announce that this vision will come true in the not-so-distant future. We have negotiated a deal that will feature the Bruins playing an early-season game against a marquee opponent at Cowboys Stadium. An official announcement should be coming in the next few days.

Bruin fans, make sure to get those cowboy boots ready because the two-step awaits.

UCLA is currently 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12. Almost dead and buried after a 48-12 loss at Arizona, the Bruins beat California and upset Arizona State.

With games remaining against Utah, Colorado and USC, the Bruins could possibly make the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. And Rick Neuheisel could save his job.