The new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington

By : Mark V | 14 Jul 2011 7:49 am | Sport Arenas, Stadiums

The new Dallas Cowboys Stadium was designed by the Dallas-based architectural firm HKS which managed to create this domed stadium masterpiece with a retractable roof in just around three years. The new Cowboys Stadium is located in Arlington, Texas and it was completed and opened on May 27, 2009.

The stadium has seating for 80,000 people, making it the fourth largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity but it’s maximum capacity is actually 110,000 including standing room. It’s the largest domed stadium in the world, it has the world’s largest column-free interior and the largest high definition video screen which hangs from 20 yard line to 20 yard line.

Besides the Dallas Cowboys, the new stadium is also used by college football teams and other organizations for other sporting events or non-sporting events. Its construction cost was originally estimated to $650 million but the final cost was $1.15 billion making this stadium one of the most expensive sport venues ever built.

Arlington voters approved the increase of the city’s sale tax by 0.5 percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent and car rental tax by 5 percent to aid the Cowboys owners in paying the price for this amazing stadium. The city of Arlington ended up providing over $325 million while the Cowboys owner supported the rest with the help of an additional $150 million loan.

The facility is also used for a variety of other activities outside its main purpose including basketball games, boxing matches, college football, high school football contests, soccer games, motorcross races and a lot of concerts as well. The 2010 NBA All Star weekend was hosted here in 2010, the Superbowl XLV finals in 2011, the match between Manny Pacquaio and Antonio Margarito and the list could on…

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