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Cowboys score with new stadium
America’s Team has a new home. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, follows the credo that everything here is bigger and better.
The wow factor
If it seems big from the outside, walking in will bring out the involuntary “wow.” Do you look first at the panoramic view of the field 50 feet below or at the world’s largest video screen suspended 110 feet above the stadium floor? It’s big enough to eclipse the world's largest retractable roof above it.
The $40 million video board has 25,000 square feet of video display and stretches almost from one 20-yard line to the other. Each of the four sides has a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision™ video display. The innovative technology and center-hung design give up to 100,000 fans a great view of the game from every seat. Those in the upper decks will see the players right in front of them. More video displays throughout the stadium ensure that fans won't miss a second of the game.
The stadium also was designed by HKS to be energy efficient. Along with the retractable roof, huge doors above each end zone can be opened to allow a cross-breeze to cool the stadium on warm days.
Kick off with star power
Cowboys Stadium opened June 6 with a concert by George Strait and Reba McIntyre, but the stadium’s true purpose is a place for football. Oklahoma University plays Brigham Young University on Sept. 5, and the Cowboys play their first game in their new home on Sept. 20 against the New York Giants. The Super Bowl will be played here in 2011.
Traffic on game days and major events days will change normal routes and highway exits. A new Web site, www.dallascowboysmaps.com, will personalize a route for you based on actual traffic routing plans for game day. The City of Arlington and City of Grand Prairie are adjusting traffic signal timing to accommodate the Web site routes. Regular GPS and Internet mapping services will not have the live road closure and routing information for the day, so be sure to check this Web site before you go. The site also includes departure maps and information to help you head home or to your hotel, so make a weekend of it and enjoy all the fun Arlington has to offer.
Rona Distenfeld is a contributor from Austin, Texas.
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