Cowboys Stadium (the new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys football team, located in Arlington, TX) was completed in May 2009. It is the largest domed stadium in the world. By at least March 2007, the stadium was already being nicknamed the “Jerry Dome” (or “JerryDome” or “Jerrydome") after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
A hole was left in the Cowboys Stadium roof, a tribute to the roof at Texas Stadium and Cowboy linebacker D. D. Lewis’s statement: “Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof so God can watch his favorite team.”
Other nicknames for the new Cowboys Stadium have been “Death Star,” “Jerry World,” “Six Flags Over Jerry,” “Jones Mahal,” “Y’all Mahal,” “Boss Hog Bowl (Boss Hawg Bowl),” and “Cowboys Cathedral (Cathedral of Football).”
Wikipedia: Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium is a new domed stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas, for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. It replaced the open-air Texas Stadium, which opened in 1971, as the Cowboys’ home. It was completed on May 29, 2009 and seats 80,000, but is expandable to seat up to 100,000. Cowboys Stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world.
Construction and design
Cowboys Stadium was designed by the Dallas-based architectural firm HKS. Besides the Cowboys, the new stadium will be used by college football teams and other organizations for other sporting and non-sporting events. On March 10, 2008, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, joined by officials and coaches from Texas A&M University and the University of Arkansas (Jones’ alma mater), announced that the two schools would renew their rivalry with annual games at the stadium, beginning October 3, 2009. In addition, the Cotton Bowl will be moved to the stadium once it opens.
Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium’s current construction cost was $1.15 billion, making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever built. To aid Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones in paying the construction costs of the new stadium, Arlington voters approved the increase of the city’s sales tax by one-half of a percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent. The City of Arlington provided $325 million in funding, and Jones covered any cost overruns. Also, the NFL provided the Cowboys with an additional $150 million, as per their policy for giving teams a certain lump sum of money for stadium financing.
Although the stadium had yet to sell naming rights, many fans started referring to the project with various nicknames such as “Jerry World”, the “Jerrydome”, “Jones-Mahal”, the “Boss Hog Bowl” in reference to Jones’ continued affiliation to his Alma Mater nickname, the Razorbacks (or hogs), or “Six Flags Over Jerry” in reference to Jerry Jones and Six Flags Over Texas, which is near the new stadium, as well as lesser known others. There was also a petition by some fans to have the stadium named after longtime Cowboys coach Tom Landry. On May 13, 2009, Jerry Jones announced the official name; the Cowboys Stadium.
Wikipedia: Jerry Jones
Jerral “Jerry” Jones (born October 13, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas) is the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise and the Dallas Desperados Arena Football League franchise.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Cotton Bowl Moves to Jerry Dome
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association decided last week that it would become the third bowl association to sever its ties to the facility of the same name when it announced that it would move the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to the new Cowboys Stadium (to be henceforth known as the Jerry Dome until the naming rights are sold for a gazillion dollars) in 2010, after 71 years in its current home.
15 January 2008, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “What Jones can’t face: Timing lost” by Buck Harvey, pg. 1D:
Had a peppy staffer run up to him at that moment and told him he’d just sold every seat-license in the Jerry Dome,...
I wonder how much $ JerryDome tickets will cost for the Ark/A&M game
WooPigFlowerMound on: February 12, 2008, 08:37:20 AM
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Just maybe, an extreme home makeover and move to the “Jerry Dome” next season is just what the team needs to finally live up to its talent and expectations as a Super Bowl-caliber team.
Muskogee (OK) Phoenix
Published December 24, 2008 06:49 pm -
Here are some thoughts and predictions as 2008 comes to a close
By Mike Kays
The Dallas Cowboys kick off the NFL season in their new swanky JerryDome in Arlington.
Fire Jerry Jones!
by Ryan Boyd - May 29, 2009
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Up Close at the Jerry Dome
Friday, Jun 19 2009
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