Austin is growing, but is it big enough for both University of Texas football and Formula One racing?
Not on the same weekend, both parties say.
“It would not be a good thing for Austin,” said Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who previously had said that such a scheduling clash would be “a disaster.”
But the two mega-events are now on a collision course for the weekend of Nov. 15-17, 2013. Texas’ schedule, which was released Tuesday by the Big 12, has the Longhorns hosting Oklahoma State on Nov. 16 at Royal-Memorial Stadium. That conference showdown should draw more than 100,000 fans.
Austin’s second U.S. Grand Prix race, however, has been scheduled by F1 for Nov. 15-17. The three-day race weekend this year drew about 265,000 fans, including more than 117,000 on Sunday for the actual race, which means that was the biggest sporting event in the city’s history.Read Article