Everything is BIGGER in Texas

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2014


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Today is the day we celebrate AMERICA'S TEAM. Yes folks you know its true...Just as you know that the stars at night are big and bright -  the COWBOYS are America's favorite team (OK maybe not). In any case; today we tour the monstrosity that is the Dallas Cowboys stadium. 

So long nice sunny weather, the cold is back today. We just missed the start of one stadium tour so we booked a later one and grabbed some lunch down the road at a place called Prince Lebanese Grill. It was pretty decent and apparently had been featured in Diners, Drive Ins & Dives which they happily had written all over their menu (thyme pie was a featured item).

We did the VIP tour which included a visit to a private suite, print media, press box & The Cotton Bowl office vestibule (not that I had any idea what the Cotton Bowl was). We also saw the normal self guided tour stuff: post game interview room, Players & Cheerleaders locker rooms, a trip to the hallway where the players enter the field from and best of all...we actually got to set foot on the AstroTurf. Why did we not buy a Nerf football at Walmart before we came?

I am a fair weather football fan at best, but this place could make me a believer. I was absolutely mesmerized by the Jumbo-tron ($600/hour to run apparently). Their goal was to decorate the place like a 5 star hotel and not a stadium and I think they did a pretty good job -screens, clubs, suites, bars, plush seats etc. 

They also had art commissioned all over the place by notable contemporary artists which was pretty cool; we only saw a few things on our tour but they had a whole other tour purely covering the art there. That oil money goes a long way. 

Our tour guide Tammy kept referring to a 'Mr. Jones' which I later found out was the not so beloved owner, president & GM Jerry Jones. Again my lack of sporting knowledge put me at a disadvantage here but it does appear that Mr. Jones did at the very least build them a pretty fabulous place to play. If Jerry wants to come with a wrecking ball to Oakland, please give him a key to the Coliseum. 

On the way back we stopped in to one of the 3 steak houses all next to each other and chatted to the staff for a while. They tried to convince us to try their 50oz steak which seemed like a steal at $1/oz but after this last few weeks of meat mania we had to decline. 

~L

 
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