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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dallas Cowboys Stadium: "Soccer Wasn't at the Back of Our Minds..."

I read an interesting article in the Dallas News by Barry Horn about the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. As you can see from the video, it is a beautiful facility with a huge video replay screen.

But it wasn't only designed for the Cowboys...

"One of the things we figured out real early is that we had to be all things to all people," said Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' executive vice president who has helped oversee the new stadium's development.

"Soccer wasn't at the back of our minds in building the stadium. It was front and center alongside football. It is one of the pieces of the puzzle we knew we had to have in making our stadium more than just the home of the Dallas Cowboys."

The first events at the new facility will be soccer-related. On Sunday, two quarterfinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup will take place there. A week later, Chelsea and Club America will meet in the World Football Challenge.

Learning Experience

"These games will be a learning experience for us," Jones said. "You don't take a Lamborghini home from the showroom and know everything it can do. You test drive it for a while and then put the pedal to the metal."

Charlie Stillitano Likes What he Sees

"Charlie Stillitano of CAA Sports, organizer of the World Football Challenge, said his company took one look at Cowboys Stadium and knew it would make an ideal place for soccer. The Cowboys didn't pitch CAA. Rather CAA, one of the nation's leading entertainment and sports promoters, asked if it might be possible to stage its event in Arlington.

'The stadium is remarkable," Stillitano said. 'We've been to some wonderful stadiums,
but everyone is looking at this.' "

Source: Dallas News, 13 July 2009.

Could this new facility become the Maracaña or Wembley of North America.

Time will tell. Should the World Cup return to North America, Dallas Cowboys Stadium no doubt will be one of the prime selling points for high-profile games.

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