A couple of years ago, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, decided to build a new ballpark to replace the aging Texas Stadium in Irving. After some wrangling, he ended building a two billion dollar stadium out in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. Since the Dallas Cowboys play less than a dozen home games a year, they’ve got to figure out something to do with Cowboys Stadium for the rest of the year. On off days, they run tours of the stadium. Tickets are normally thirty dollars, but I got a Groupon for fifteen. I was hesitant to spend any money on a stadium tour, but I have to say it was well worth the cost.
Though I’ve lived in Dallas for the last five years, I’ve yet to see a Cowboys game. The Dallas Cowboys may call themselves “America’s Team”, but at the price of the current tickets, not everyone in America can afford to see them. I guess they’ve got to pay for that stadium somehow. Maybe one of these days, I’ll get some friends together for some standing room only tickets. Until then, at least I can say I’ve been, and I can recommend that you check it out sometime. Cowboys Stadium is a monument to hubris and ego, but at least it’s a pretty one.