Cowboys Stadium (home of football’s Dallas Cowboys) opened in Arlington, Texas, in 2009. Sports journalist and radio personality Randy Galloway called the proposed stadium “Boss Hawg Bowl” (or “Boss Hog Bowl") by at least 2001. The reference is to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, an Arkansas native who played football at the University of Arkansas. Arkansas (the state and the university) is symbolized by the “razorback,” or “hog.”
Other nicknames for the new Cowboys Stadium have been “Death Star,” “Jerry World,” “Jerry Dome,” “Six Flags Over Jerry,” “Jones Mahal,” “Y’all Mahal” 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 expandable to seat up to 100,000. The 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 “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.
He went to college at the University of Arkansas and was a co-captain of the 1964 National Championship football team, where he was an all-SWC offensive lineman for Hall of Fame coach Mike Walsh, and a teammate of Neil Rosenberg and Jimmy Johnson, the man Jones hired to replace Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry when Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys in 1989. Other notable teammates were Ken Hatfield, Jim Lindsey, and future Outland Trophy winner Loyd Phillips. Several future great head coaches were assistant coaches for Frank Broyles and the Razorbacks during his college career in Fayetteville. Hayden Fry, future legendary Head Coach at the University of Iowa, Johnny Majors, future Head Coach at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Tennessee, and most notably Barry Switzer, Hall of Fame coach of the University of Oklahoma and the man who Jones hired to replace Jimmy Johnson as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1994. Jones is one of a very small number of NFL owners who actually earned a significant level of success as a football player.
After several unsuccessful business ventures (including passing up the opportunity to purchase the AFL’s San Diego Chargers in 1967 for the asking), he began an oil and gas exploration business in Arkansas, Jones Oil and Land Lease, which became phenomenally successful. His company, a private family asset, currently does natural resource prospecting.
He is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, Jones purchased the Cowboys from Bum Bright. Not long after the takeover, he fired long time coach Tom Landry, to that point the only coach in the team’s history, in favor of his old teammate at the University of Arkansas, Jimmy Johnson. A few months later, he forced out longtime general manager Tex Schramm, and granted Johnson complete control over player personnel decisions. He forced Johnson out in 1994 in favor of former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, and since then has acted as his own general manager. Of all the owners in professional sports, he is considered to be one of the most involved, on a day-to-day basis, with his team. He can be seen in his box at every Cowboys game, and in many cases he ventures down to the Cowboys sideline.
Wikipedia: Randy Galloway
George Randolph “Randy” Galloway (born January 19, 1943) is the host of Galloway and Company, the drive-time program on KESN 103.3 FM, ESPN Radio’s Dallas affiliate and also heard on ESPN Xtra on XM Radio. He is also a sports columnist for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
Previously, Galloway has been a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a radio host for News/Talk 820 WBAP. In 1998, he left the The Dallas Morning News after 31 years, accepting a 5-year, $1.5 million contract with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
Listeners have become accustomed to Galloway’s trademark wit and sarcasm as well as his deep Texas drawl.
17 June 2001, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “Rangers’ ballpark should be example for Cowboys” by Randy Galloway:
Jerry Jones schemes big. Jerry wants to build a new football monument to himself. His Boss Hawg Bowl would seat 100000 fans under a retractable roof.
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The Official Dictionary of GAC-Speak
Updated: April 19, 2007, 11:08 AM ET
Boss Hawg: Jerry Jones. Galloway calls the new Cowboy stadium in development the Boss Hawg Bowl.
GAC: Galloway & Company, 103.3 FM ESPN talk show, weekdays from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. - vindictive, self-serving, often vicious sports commentary; nothing in the way of credibility; delivers frequent personal attacks; offers fair and biased opinions.
24 May 2007, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “NFL is flawed and ugly, but it’s No. 1 in world of sports” by Randy Galloway:
Texas Stadium will still fill up every Sunday, and when the new Boss Hawg Bowl opens in Arlington, fans and sponsors will be shoveling money at Jerry.
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