Cowboys Stadium (the home of football’s Dallas Cowboys) opened in Arlington, Texas, in 2009. As early as 2006, the stadium was called “The New Cowboys Cathedral” and later “the cathedral of football.” Wembley Stadium near London—a soccer stadium—has also been called “the cathedral of football.”
The Dallas Cowboys previously played at Texas Stadium in Irving. That stadium also had a religious reference/joke: “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,” “Jerry Dome,” “Six Flags Over Jerry,” “Jones Mahal,” “Y’all Mahal” and “Boss Hog Bowl (Boss Hawg Bowl).”
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: Wembley Stadium (1923)
The original Wembley Stadium was a football stadium in Wembley, a suburb of north-west London, standing on the site now occupied by the new Wembley Stadium that opened in 2007.
Of Wembley Stadium, Pelé said, “Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football.” in recognition of its status as the world’s best-known football stadium.
The Cowboys Cathedral
Just another The Dallas Cowboy Show weblog
Posted by SaintJimmy on Sunday, July 5th 2009
Dallas Sports Powerhouse
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The New Cowboys Cathedral
the hallucination nation - The Dallas Cowboys
12-15-2006 12:28 AM
Fukin J J is the best owner of all sports. Livin’ ten gallon hat,oil field house and cowchip tossing champion lifestyle. I WILL be in one of those 100,000 seats once “the cathedral of football” opens up.
Oh, what a site
by Bud Poliquin
Wednesday January 30, 2008, 10:15 AM
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys’ cathedral down there in greater Dallas is going to set Jerry Jones back $1 billion, give or take a long snapper. And, remember, those structures will see, mostly, only a handful of football games a year.
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette
8-year, $102 million deal puts Roethlisberger in CEO range of annual compensation
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
By Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
That would be enough cash to purchase the new billion-dollar Dallas Cowboys cathedral being built by Jerry Jones, but would he really want to buy a used stadium from that man?
Dallas Morning News - Dallas Cowboys Blog
Could stadium naming rights impact Cowboys on field?
12:38 PM Mon, Feb 16, 2009
Posted by JohnCleeseLumberjack @ 1:00 PM Mon, Feb 16, 2009
The Deviled Spam Jerry Jones Cathedral of Football.
Sounds like a fit.
the hallucination nation - Austin Tex-ass
Posted by axldog on 04-08-2009 01:05 AM:
If i was going downthere. First thing i do when i get off the plane is do a shot of tequila and give a big ‘YEE HAW” in the airport. Get in a cab,spark up a joint and go check out the new Cowboys “Cathedral of Football” stadium.
Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator
The NFL’s new cathedral of football
Who else but the Cowboys?
July 20, 2009
New York Times News Service
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jerry Jones, tour guide, was showing off.
Austin (TX) American-Statesman (August 2, 2009)
Cathedral of football
Cowboys fans can take a trip to Arlington to worship in Dallas’ new stadium