Supplement Feature - July 2009
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Stadium Solutions

An Inside Look at Outdoor Sports

By Richard Zowie

Dallas Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas

This upcoming NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys will begin playing at their new stadium in Arlington, Texas, after having played at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, since 1971. The move means Dallas will go from playing in Irving, a Dallas suburb to Arlington, a suburb of metroplex neighbor Fort Worth.

Texas Stadium was famous for its rectangular hole in the roof, a unique feature that tended to bring one glaring disadvantage for some fans: In the preseason and in September, fans exposed to the sunlight through the opening in the roof received the brunt of the infamous Texas heat.

The new facility, tentatively named Dallas Cowboys Stadium and without a corporate sponsorship deal as of the writing of this article, will have a capacity of 80,000 seats, but will be expandable for up to 100,000. That expansion, no doubt, will be used when the Cowboys' new home hosts Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011.

"We'll have large end zone platforms," said Cowboys director of corporate communications Brett Daniels. "This will include standing room areas at three different levels, which is unique. It changes the way people watch the game."

It will also have one thing the old stadium didn't have: a retractable roof.

The retractable roof will almost certainly come in handy to protect the playing field from the rain and from the occasional ice and snow storms in Dallas. Chances are, Dallas won't have a repeat of the infamous Thanksgiving Day 1993 game against the Miami Dolphins. On that snowy day, an errant touching of the ball (caused in part by a slip on the icy surface) after a blocked field goal turned a 14-13 Dallas win into a 16-14 Miami win.

Besides being a state-of-the-art new home for America's Team, the new stadium looks to set other milestones, as well.