Cowboys Stadium (the new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys football team, located in Arlington, TX) was completed in May 2009. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones planned such an opulent football palace that some called it—by 2008 and early 2009, before it opened—the “Jones Mahal” (or “Jones-Mahal” or “JonesMahal"), after India’s famous Taj Mahal structure.
Other nicknames for the new Cowboys Stadium have been “Y’all Mahal,” “Death Star,” “Jerry World,” “Jerry Dome,” “Six Flags Over Jerry,” “Boss Hog Bowl (Boss Hawg Bowl),” and “Cowboys Cathedral (Cathedral of Football).”
Wikipedia: Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium is the new retractable-roof stadium 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.
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 as “Jerry World” or “Six Flags Over Jerry” in reference to Jerry Jones and Six Flags Over Texas, which is near the new stadium. 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.
A pair of nearly 300 ft (91 m)-tall arches spans the length of the stadium dome, anchored to the ground at each end. The new stadium also includes a retractable roof, glass doors allowing each end zone to be opened, and a center-hung video display board. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said the screen is the largest high-definition television screen in the world. The 160 foot by 72 foot, 11,520 square foot scoreboard replaces the 8,736 square foot screen that opened in 2009 at the renovated Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri as the world’s largest.
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.
Wikipedia: Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal (pronounced /tɑdʒ məˈhɑl/; Hindi: ताज महल; Persian/Urdu: تاج محل) is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal (also “the Taj") is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”
While the white domed marble mausoleum is its most familiar component, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. Building began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen. The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision including Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.
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Preview of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium
I thought all the sports fans out there might be interested in the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington, TX. My family has had season tickets since the Cowboys were at the Cotton Bowl and we had our appointment last Friday with the Dallas Cowboys to pick our seats at the new stadium in Arlington. We drove to the new stadium location and visited their preview center with our sales counselor.
Posted by Linda Box Taylor—Your Plano, TX Realtor on 12/07/2007 11:54 AM
OCT 20 2008
I wonder what Jerry will charge just to tour the facility in the off season?
That is the only way I will be able to afford to view the inside of Jones Mahal.
I guess I better re read that eminent domaine defination thing.
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By Matt Sussman, 8:00 PM on Sat Dec 6 2008
11:21 — Musberger refers to the new Cowboys stadium as “The Jones Mahal.” I think that’ll work nicely.
Dallas Morning News - Dallas Cowboys Blog
Further evidence about the Cowboys opener at the JonesMahal
6:21 AM Fri, Mar 13, 2009
Dallas Morning News - Dallas Cowboys Blog
Here’s a new thought on the Cowboys’ JonesMahal opener
12:43 AM Wed, Mar 18, 2009
Dallas Morning News - Sports Media Blog
About the new Yankee and Shea stadiums and our JonesMahal
2:18 PM Mon, Apr 20, 2009
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