Everything is bigger in Texas

07/29/2009 at 1:09 AM Leave a comment

AlexAs I was driving down I-30 on Sunday, I was anxious about two things: attending my first football (soccer) match and being able to see what $1.15 billion and three years of construction bears.

I was bound for Cowboys Stadium.

From the two 300-feet arches to the sheer amount of glass, Cowboys Stadium is really something out of this world. It easily dwarfs anything in the vicinity – the highest point on the Titan at Six Flags is 60 feet shorter than just one of the arches.

The building is so big that I had to back up 100-yards to fit it in the frame.

Sunday was the final game of the World Football Challenge, a soccer tournament featuring well-known clubs from around the globe; it was my favorite club, Chelsea of London, pitted against Mexican giants Club America.

Though the previous games were played in large venues, there’s none bigger than Cowboys Stadium.

It took a while, but after firmly clamping my jaw back to it’s normal, upright position, I stepped inside the mothership.

Immediately, visitors are greeted with an enormous concourse, but the piéce de résistance is the 50-yard scoreboard – the largest high-definition display in the world. And again, my jaw dropped.

Cowboys Stadium HD Screen

Overall, the experience was pleasant, though not without a few caveats. Parking is a nightmare, security is dodgy and concessions are pricy, but what’s new.

This stadium has a bright future ahead. With a diverse card of events like Paul McCartney next month, the NBA All-Star game in 2010 and Superbowl XLV in 2011, there’s no doubting the marketing potential for the city of Arlington as well as the Metroplex.

The investment brought forth by the city of Arlington and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be returned – though it may be a while. Like they say in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.”

If anything, this building is a testament to the classic slogan, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”

I’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite like Cowboys Stadium.

Below is a gallery of more photos I took on Sunday:

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