At first glance, it appears that a colossal spacecraft has settled amid the suburban sprawl of Arlington, but then you notice all the impossible-to-miss signs: Cowboys Stadium. It’s difficult to take your eyes off of this impressive structure, built at a cost of just under $1.2 billion. Officially opened on May 27, 2009 after excavation began a little more than three years earlier, the new Cowboys Stadium replaced the original Cowboys Stadium which had been in operation since 1971.
Just the specifications of the stadium boggle the mind: A parking lot that is estimated to have 30,000 parking spaces on game days, half a million square feet of glass and limestone line the exterior walls and neatly surround huge outdoor video screens which serve both to entertain people as they approach both the main entrance and the suite entrance, and also are capable of showing the action going on inside. The stadium’s main structural base consists of two steel arches which are nearly 1,300 feet in length. These arches help to support the retractable roof which has two sections weighing more than a ton apiece. The arches also help support the giant state-of-the-art video screens and scoreboards. The four-sided video screen, at 600 tons the largest in the world, is suspended 100 feet above the field and stretches from one 20-yard line to the other, giving every seat in the stadium a virtually unobstructed view. The two scoreboards are facing each end zone and are 30 feet high and 35 feet long. Cowboys Stadium has a seating capacity of 80,000, with expansion capable of adding 20,000 more. Ringing the field are 15,000 club seats along with 300 luxury suites which can each accommodate between 15 to 25 people. Just above the ring of suites is the Ring of Honor, which celebrates individual Cowboy greats such as Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Bob Lilly and several other legendary Cowboys.
Your seats are easily accessible, and with 18 elevators, 22 escalators and 10 major staircases, getting around is remarkably simple. Of course a visit to the concession stand is mandatory, and with 286 concession areas, 8 clubs and 23 bars/lounges, refreshments, food, etc. is a snap. In addition, kiosks plus mobile food and drink carts are everywhere. For a quick trip to the personal facilities, there are more than 1,600 toilets situated all around.
The field is synthetic turf and rolls up in strips, taking approximately two days to install and one day to remove, making preparation for the many varied events held at the Stadium a smooth operation.
For the die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, making a pilgrimage to this facility is a MUST, and not just to see the ‘Boys. The first event held at the new stadium was a concert featuring George Strait and Reba McEntire, and since it’s opening, such acts as U2, Paul McCartney and the Jonas Brothers have performed there. World welterweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has defended his title twice at the Stadium, and the NBA held it’s 2010 All-Star Weekend there. Of course, the stadium’s showcase event thus far was Super Bowl XLV in February, 2011.
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