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Texas Sports Venues and Stockyards Station

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"Howdy", that's 'Texas-speak' for Hello;

Who would visit the Dallas area without visiting 'Cowboy Stadium', or officially, AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys football team and also site of the Cotton Bowl of Collegiate football? Not me. After fighting the traffic I arrived in time for the 10:00 am VIP tour. It took 1 1/2 hours and our docent was from Pulaski, NY about 75 miles from my former NY home.
The stadium is almost beyond words. It is the largest stadium in the world, larger by 1/3 than the second largest! It covers 3 million sq.ft., has a retractable roof supported by 2 steel arches each 1/4 mile long, is air-conditioned, and has a fan capacity of about 100,000. The world's largest two- sided video screen weighing 30 tons, adjustable & hangs from the ceiling, is 60 yards long. There are also 3,500 TV's throughout so no matter where you are in the building, a play cannot be missed!
Jerry Jones, the Cowboys owner, blew the budget on this one. The total cost of the building was about $1.4 Billion. We toured his luxury perch which is seen on TV at game time. Beneath this is the Jones' private suite for accommodating 300 guests. He has a helicopter pad just outside so the Jones' don't have to contend with the traffic like the rest of us mortals. The players, of course, are treated like prima donas and we toured their locker room. Defensive players' lockers are on one end, Offensive players on the other end and their lockers are constructed of some exotic African wood used in Rolls Royce & Bentley automobile trim. (A bit excessive?, Mrs. Jones' brilliant idea!) We also toured the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders locker room with a pink motif- no exotic wood!
The building is a year-round facility, designed to accommodate multiple venues. Basketball, boxing, soccer, weddings (yes, weddings), divorce parties (yes, I am not making this up), Little League football camps, and the list goes on. Vendors charge $9.00 & $16.00 for a beer, $9.00 for a pretzel, etc. Ticket prices START at $300. and luxury boxes are leased, equivilant to the price of a house-several hundred thousand $$.

Much to my surprise, the Texas Rangers Baseball Stadium is located just across the road. And they are constructing a new ball park for the 2020 season at a cost of over $1 Billion. It, too, will have the retractable roof, and will be air-conditioned. The present facility is beautiful but 25 years old, time to tear it down. As you recall, former President George W. Bush, was one of the Rangers' owners. When he sold his shares he doubled his daddy's money, the money he used to become a partner! That was his only 'job' before getting into Texas politics, and the rest is history. I will continue this blog tomorrow and tell of my experience at the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Forgive my sarcasm in this blog. Professional sports gets to me!

Posted by dixter 16:52 Archived in USA Tagged sports venues

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