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Cowboys Stadium Hailed As Model For Future NFL Stadiums
Published September 18, 2009
|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).