Monday, December 14, 2009

A Trip To Cowboys Stadium

I was pretty cynical about my first trip to Cowboys Stadium. To hear Jerry Jones describe it, the numinous billion dollar stadium would provide an unmatched sports watching experience with the gigantic video screen and most up to date amenities.

Then again, Jones would talk like that about a pile of lumber if he thought he might be able to make a sale. I had my reservations.

My mood was darker on the way to the game as pre-game traffic clogged the highways and prompted some idiot driver behavior by some fans such as driving on the shoulder of the road at about 75 miles per hour only to cut in line and slam on the brakes. I hate those people and they are always out for sporting events.

We had to park about a mile away from the stadium to avoid a $75 parking charge. Ha! Up yours Jerry!

As we approached the stadium, I must admit I was impressed. The stadium grew from the ground like a monstrosity and you could hear the pre-game music nearly as quickly as you saw the stadium.

Once inside, the electricity in the stadium was magnificent. The cheering, the music, the sounds of 80,000 bustling football fans was hard to ignore.

When we arrived at our seats, you could see the sun setting from one endzone of the stadium and has it reflected off of the video board, it gave me a fantastic light show. It really is something a football fan needs to experience.

Once.

Because when you look closer, you'll notice the seats are still crushed together to the point where someone with wide shoulders will have trouble finding a place to put their arms. The top most seats in the bloody nose sections still go for $150 a ticket and that puts you just below the Hubble Telescope.

In an effort to milk as much money out of the stadium as possible, Jones makes the Cowboys play by play guys sit in the corner of an endzone (as opposed to the usual 50 yard line spot) so that he can make more room for luxury boxes, which is funny since only rich corporations could afford lower bowl tickets anyway.

None of this matters to Jones, of course, as long as he can continue to make money. But judging by the lack of heart his team showed during the game on Sunday, fans might not be willing to pay big money for Cowboys tickets much longer.

That means Jerry had better start working on making a (real) Super Bowl contender soon, or get used to seeing empty seats in his beloved new stadium.

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