Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, is known for his big Texas sized dreams and ideas. So when he decided it was time for a new home for his Cowboys he spared no expense. The new stadium, located in Arlington Texas, upon completion will be the largest domed structure in the world. The Cotton Bowl, located in Dallas Texas, was the first home of the Cowboys. The team played there from 1960 to 1970. Texas Stadium was opened in 1971 and Duane Thomas scored the first touchdown on a 56 yard run.
The trademark “hole in the roof” of Texas stadium is as recognizable a feature in architecture as almost any large building or sports arena. That feature will live on in the new stadium. A retractable roof will open the top of the stadium while two structural steel arches will provide the look of the old steel girders that spanned the opening of the old stadium. To help give you a sense of scale of just how big the stadium is, the Statue of Liberty could stand inside with the roof closed and it is twice as long as the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
The open air stadium feel will be realized as each end of the stadium will have glass retractable doors measuring 120ft high and 180ft wide. They will open to create two areas of nearly 10 acres of plaza space for pre-game gathering and interactive state-of-the-art NFL experience. Eight clubs and 200 suites will be included in the 80,000 seat stadium. The Hall of Fame suites will be located 20 rows from the field providing an experience unlike any other NFL stadium. Walking in from the ground level you’ll find the panoramic view breathtaking as the field will be fifty feet below ground. To enhance your game experience even further there will be two 180ft video screens suspended 110ft from the field stretching from 20 yard line to 20 yard line. The end zone seats won’t be without screens of there own either with 48ft video screens.
The great players recognized in the current Ring of Honor will be re-immortalized in this stadiums new Ring of Honor. A pro shop will also be on hand with innovative ways to display team history.
Construction is currently on schedule for the opening of the 2009 season. The seating will be expandable to 100,000 for big events like the Super Bowl that will be held there in 2011.