Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was quoted as saying: "If you're going to do it, you might as well do it bigger.” It was his vision to build the greatest stadium in the world – and according to those who have seen this behemoth in person, he just might have pulled it off.
Jones and his family evidently flew around the world looking for inspiration for the stadium, including London's Wembley Stadium.
OK, here are just a few of the features of this “Taj Mahal” of sports stadiums:
A retractable roof
The largest HD screens in the world – the main screen is 50 feet high and 180 feel long.
286 concession stands, eight clubs, 23 bars, and over 1,600 toilets.
Works of art from renowned artists throughout.
The players enter the field through a bar: After leaving the locker room, the players make their way to the field while surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans.
And the the nighttime views from outside the stadium are stunning. There is a half a million square feet of glass and limestone. The glass wall at the end is inverted at a 14-degree angle that allows thousands of lights to create a shimmering effect.
There are “cage dancers” in the end zones.
20-inch pizzas at the new stadium will cost $60..
And the corporate suites will range from only $100,000 to $500,000 per year.
But, not everything, it seems, is bigger in Texas. While the Cowboys unveiled their new Jerry Jones Shrine, the Houston Texans quietly shrunk the size of their “souvenir” beer cups from 24 ounces to 20 ounces, while keeping the price the same -- over $7!
Bob Levey : For The Chronicle Houston Texans fan Scott LeBlanc shows the difference between last season's beer cup and this season's new serving size.
RICK CASEY of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE commented (edited for length):
The Texans would never have tried that trick in London.
For one thing, the football hooligans would have destroyed the stadium (Sorry, Sir Dayvd. That's just American perception). For another, the team would be paying a hefty fine to the government.
Beer expert Travis Poling of New Braunfels, co-author of Beers Across Texas: A Guide to the Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State, which will hit bookstores soon, says size matters in the British Isles. When it comes to beer, ale and stout, shrinkage is illegal. A pint means a pint: The glass needs to be big enough to fit a full pint of brew with a couple of fingers left over for the head.
If the Texans knew their sports history, they'd know Americans are sensitive to alcoholic shrinkage as well.
A decade ago, then-Philadelphia Daily News reporter Don Russell, who wrote a column called “Joe Sixpack,” discovered a 2-ounce deficit at Veterans Stadium. His coverage led to a City Council investigation and a rapid retreat at the stadium. It also led to a standing ovation by a couple of thousand nearby fans when someone spotted him at a game.
The football Texans aren't alone.
About a year and a half ago distributors raised their prices to bars and restaurants. Many changed their glassware from pint (16-ounce) glasses to 14-ounce glasses. Some of the glasses look the same, but have thicker bottoms.
At the San Antonio airport the price is now $10 for a 20-ounce beer.
Gripe all you want, but the price will rise until sales drop (end). Oh, by the way. If you want to see some pretty cool graphic images in more information on the Cowboys' new stadium, visit: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/graphics/1206/stadium/ Sir Bowie "one who would love to see the new stadium... and stomp on the star!" of Greenbriar