It’s there. Everyday; watching me, saying good morning to me, mocking me with it’s enormous size and strength as if it is telling me: “I will outlive you and your grandkids!!”, and then gently saying goodnight as the sun sets to the west and the lights glow from within.
What you ask? Oh, well of course the new Cowboys stadium just off of Interstate 30 in Arlington, Texas. I pass the stadium everyday and night on my commute to and from work in Dallas. It is the most amazing thing I have seen as far as a building built by human beings. You begin to see the top of the stadium from at least 30 miles away, if not farther. It towers on the horizon. Then as you get closer, you can’t help but to stare at it (luckily the traffic on I-30 gives you plenty of time to do so safely). The view from the highway, which is not far, still does not do it justice. It is once you head south on Collins Street that you begin to realize and comprehend the size and strength. Then when you get right up next to it, you can’t help but just say “Wow!” as well as “So that’s what a billion dollars gets you these days.” Thank you Jerry Jones, this will be his lasting gift to the fans and citizens of the metroplex. It will be much more than just the home of the Cowboys; early rumors and confirmations include the NBA All-Star game, NCAA Final Fours, various major college regular season football games, the Cotton Bowl Game, major and massive conventions and concerts, the 2018 World Cup and of course, Superbowl 45 in less than 2 years.
I have watched with great delight as the stadium has grown from it’s infancy. I have also followed and listened to all of the rumors and controversy that comes along with something so grand and permanent. I am sure there were people complaining about the Romans building the coliseum back in the day, but that’s just human nature. I don’t know how you could see this building now though and not at least admit it is an upgrade to our area and city, and will help stimulate the local economy in so many ways, from jobs to taxes to surrounding development, not to mention all of the people that are probably going to be getting their tailgate supplies at that Wal-Mart right next door. Don’t go there on accident on a Sunday in the fall, you may be there a while!
I am hoping to be in the building for the first game, I know it would be a memory that I would never forget, but if not then I will be there as soon as I can and will take a moment to thank Jerry Jones, all of the construction workers and support staff and everyone else who was a part of creating, planning and building what will be the greatest stadium in the world!!
Cowboys Fan For Life – TD
P.S. Here are a few pics of the stadium I took this evening. Enjoy.