I officially became a weekend widower again this weekend. That’s because the Dallas Cowboys played their first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Even though she was raised in Pensacola, Florida, my wife was taught by her father from a very young age to always cheer for the Dallas Cowboys. Being a Daddy’s girl, Sunday afternoons in the fall were always spent with her father watching the great Cowboys teams of the late ’70’s, ’80’s and ’90’s.
Now, even though she is grown and has children of her own, everyone knows to leave Mommy alone when the Cowboys are playing. In fact, she is passing her love of sports, especially football, onto our kids!
While not a winning effort, tonight’s preseason game started the last season of Cowboys football to be played in venerable Texas Stadium. After this season, the Cowboys will make their home in a new stadium, currently under construction in Arlington, Texas.
The new stadium will have some design features that carry over from the old stadium, including the famous hole in the roof and the Ring of Honor. It will also be a stadium of many firsts and world records.
The new stadium will cover 2.3 million square feet and contain 104 million cubic feet. It will be the largest column-free room in the world. The American Airlines Center in Dallas or the Statue of Liberty, including its base, could fit inside the new stadium with the roof closed. Seating capacity will be 80,000, expandable to up to 100,000 through standing room or additional seating in the end zones, along with ticketed areas in the end zone plazas.
The stadium’s designers are able to create the world’s largest column-free room by using two 35-feet deep and 15-feet wide boxed arch trusses spanning 1,290 feet – nearly a quarter mile. The domed roof will be the longest clear-span structure in the world. It will also be the largest domed structure in the world at 660,800 square feet. The arches are more than twice the length of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
The open-roof design will feature two retractable panels measuring 63,000 square feet each. These bi-parting panels have an open/close time of 12 minutes. When open, they will reveal a roof opening measuring 256 feet wide by 410 feet long. The entire field will be visible from the air when the roof is open. The two panels will be driven by a first-of-its-kind rack-and-pinion drive system powered by 64 7.5 hp electric motors.
The new stadium will boast not only the world’s largest retractable roof but also the world’s largest retractable glass doors. Located at each end of the stadium, these five-leaf, clear retractable openings will measure 120 feet high and 180 feet wide. The 38-foot panels take only 18 minutes to open or close. With these glass doors, the stadium can be completely open from one end zone plaza to the other.
Eight different suite locations on five different levels offer great flexibility and choice for the fans. The most innovative suites will be the field-level sideline and field-level end zone suites. That’s right! Suites at field-level! These suites are designed to give fans the same experience that coaches, players and officials experience on game day. And should the view be blocked by players or officials, TV monitors meant to capture what those standing on the sidelines see during the game mean those who choose the field-level suites won’t miss a single down!
The new stadium will have eight video boards, including two massive video boards on the outside of the stadium that will be visible from the parking lots and roadways. Four of these video boards will give fans inside the stadium an experience unlike any other stadium in the world!
Four video boards will be suspended from the arches 110 feet over the center of the playing surface. Two 48-foot wide video boards will face the end zones. The other two boards will face the sidelines. They will run from the 20-yard line to the 20-yard line. That’s right! Spanning sixty yards, the sideline boards will measure 180 feet in length and 50 feet in height – the largest video board installation in the world!
Dallas Cowboys fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season and in years ahead, including a possible Super Bowl host site as early as February 2011. This brand new facility will be a great addition to the Arlington entertainment district. For more information about the Dallas Cowboys and their new stadium, go to http://www.DallasCowboys.com.
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