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Cowboys Stadium Will Host Its First
Regular-Season Game Sunday
ASK THE EXPERT: N.Y. TIMES architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff writes Cowboys Stadium's design "mercifully avoids the aw-shucks, small-town look that has become common in many American stadiums over the years." However, the stadium "suffers from its own form of nostalgia: its enormous retractable roof, acres of parking and cavernous interiors are straight out of Eisenhower’s America, with its embrace of car culture and a grandiose, bigger-is-better mentality." The result is a "somewhat crude reworking of old ideas, one that looks especially unoriginal when compared with the sophisticated and often dazzling stadiums that have been built in Europe and the Far East over the last few years." And "worse for fans, its lounges and concourses are so sprawling that I suspect more than a few spectators will get lost and miss the second-half kickoff." Ouroussoff wrote the "idea is to evoke, through the architecture, the relentless flow of movement up and down the field." But Ouroussoff added of the stadium, "Walk around to either side of the structure and you're confronted with what looks like a conventional suburban office park" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/18).
Jones Hopes Sunday's Game Tops League's
Regular-Season Attendance Record Of 103,467
STRONG DEMAND FOR TICKETS: The MORNING NEWS' Mosier Friday reports tickets for games at the stadium are "changing hands at a furious rate -- some at huge markups but many at amounts not much above face value, thanks to a weak economy." StubHub estimated that 10% of all seats for Sunday's game "have gone through its site," and StubHub Corporate Communications Manager Joellen Ferrer said that the game is the "highest grossing [regular season NFL] game in the company's nine-year history based on the dollar amount of tickets sold." Meanwhile, Mosier notes a review of tickets for sale on StubHub and Craigslist found that "less expensive seats" for Sunday's game "were on sale anywhere from close to face value to about double face value" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18).
OPEN SESAME: In Dallas, Todd Archer reports the stadium's roof "will be open Sunday." A decision on whether the roof is open or closed "has to be made 90 minutes before kickoff, and the decision for this week has been made -- although the game officials could call for it to be closed under weather conditions that threaten fan and player safety." The end zone doors "will also be open, which could create some wind currents." The NFL "does not have rules regarding the possibility of opening and closing the end zone doors during the game" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18). In Ft. Worth, Jeff Caplan notes the doors "will remain open, along with the roof, throughout the game, barring inclement weather, in which case the Cowboys can close both" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/18).
OUT WITH THE OLD: In Dallas, Brandon Formby reports the Irving City Council is "expected to consider awarding a $5.8[M] demolition contract next week that would allow a Dallas excavation company to implode Texas Stadium." Irving "owns the stadium and the land on which it sits," and the implosion is "expected to take place early next year" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18).
Lauer's Interview With Jones Part Of Live
"Today" Broadcast From Cowboys Stadium
MORE THAN JUST FOOTBALL: Lauer in a taped report was given a tour of the stadium by former Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith. Lauer: "As the saying goes, 'Everything is bigger in Texas,' and for the new Cowboys Stadium ... that saying has never been more true." Smith added, "If you're a player and you cannot get fired up to play at this venue on this stage, you don't deserve to be on the Dallas Cowboys." Lauer during the tour touched on the field-level luxury suites, concession stands, bathrooms, the size of the stadium itself and seating before opening the retractable roof. Meanwhile, Roker noted fans are "going to get not just great football, but a little culture as well," as there are 14 "contemporary art installations from renowned artists around the world" throughout the stadium. Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management and President of Charities Charlotte Jones Anderson: "We really wanted this to be more than just a sports stadium and we wanted to be able to offer our fans something unique." The broadcast also featured segments focusing on Cowboys Stadium Chef de Cuisine Juan Garrido, the pro shop inside the stadium and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders ("Today," NBC, 9/18).
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Jones Friday morning also appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box," and he said of opening the stadium, "I've had Super Bowl weeks, three of them, but never will I get to be a part of an opening of a stadium. This is on par with that. I'm excited. I can't sleep." CNBC's Darren Rovell noted AT&T at one time was rumored to be interested in the stadium's naming rights in a deal worth around $300-400M. Rovell: "Do you still think you can get that type of money and how long are you willing to wait?" Jones: "Our concept is 'sensitive to the times we're in.' These aren't exactly naming right times. From the standpoint of the long-term association, for instance, AT&T is the kind of partner you want to be with. ... I feel like as we move along, the economy moves along, we're going to easily be one of the most visible buildings there is in this country and if so, I think that will come" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 9/18).
Wasserman Believes Team
In L.A. Could Be Successful
Union Might Have To Play At Eagles' Field If
Soccer Stadium Under Construction Not Finished
BUILDING BLOCKS: EPL club Liverpool co-Owner Tom Hicks said that "too much money has already been spent for the Premier League team's proposed new stadium not to be eventually built." The AP's Rob Harris noted construction on the new site was "frozen in August 2008 just before the world sank into a deep economic depression, and Hicks acknowledges he doesn't know when the stadium will be completed." Hicks said the team can begin building again "when we get to the point where the global market settles down and we bring pieces together to finance the stadium" (AP, 9/17).
In New Orleans, Ed Anderson reports the Louisiana State Bond Commission "gave its blessings Thursday to the issuance of as much as" $60M in bonds to "help the family of Saints owner Tom Benson finance the purchase and renovation of the former Dominion Tower property near the Superdome as the new home for state agencies and private businesses." Commission Exec Dir Whit Kling said that the approval is "preliminary and that the project must return for final approval when more paperwork is finished, probably next month" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/18).
No Resolutions Have Been Reached About
Proposed Football Stadium In Industry
NAVIGATING THE MAIZE: In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis reports the Univ. of Michigan (UM) Board of Regents Thursday approved designs for UM's new 5,700-square-foot basketball practice facility, "which will be adjacent to Crisler Arena." The designs "were developed by Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, assisted by Sink Combs Dethlefs." The building "will have two practice courts, and locker rooms for players and coaches." Construction on the $23.2M project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of '11 (DETROIT NEWS, 9/18).
HISTORY LESSON: In Portland, Mark Larabee reported the National Park Service earlier this month placed Memorial Coliseum on the National Register of Historic Places. The city earlier this year "considered demolishing the coliseum to make way for a new baseball park" for the Triple-A PCL Portland Beavers, but Portland residents "sought historic status while defending its preservation" (Portland OREGONIAN, 9/16).
FITTING TRIBUTE: Late Pro Football HOFer Walter Payton's family is set to meet with the Chicago Park District about a possible Payton statue outside Soldier Field, and family rep Kelly Woods said, "We reached out to each other and we will get things worked out, one way or the other." Payton's widow, Connie Payton-Strotter, said, "We want to put this statue somewhere so people can view it" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/17). Payton's son Jarrett said, "When you think of the Chicago Bears you think of my dad. To me it's just fitting if the statue was at the stadium" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/17).