Glass Walls, Retractable Roof Key Features Of New Cowboys Stadium

Date: 12 December 2006

Team owner Jerry Jones thinks the new Dallas Cowboys stadium is edgy and technologically hip. Its tab has ballooned to $1 billion from the original $650 million estimate, Jones said Friday as he discussed details of the stadium's final design for the first time.

The city of Arlington's portion of the project is capped at $325 million, so the team will pay the additional costs.

"The winners here are our fans. We want to make that investment," Jones said. "This area is deserving of this venue."

The team is set to unveil detailed designs of the project at an invitation-only event Tuesday in Arlington.

The Jones family and the design team from the Dallas architectural firm HKS spent seven years sketching ideas before deciding on a stadium with etched glass and a translucent retractable roof. The stadium will have two 180-foot-long digital video screens suspended over the center of the field, 120-foot-high moveable glass walls to enclose each end zone and ticketed plaza areas where fans can watch the game while standing at bar tables.

Just 14 percent of the stadium construction is complete; some specifications, such as the number of suites and permanent seating capacity, are still being worked out. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are working to secure a contract for the stadium's naming rights. Jones did not want to name the companies the team was in discussions with or say when it hopes to announce a deal.

The new Cowboys stadium stands to be the second-most-expensive in the National Football League _as long as the Cowboys' budget doesn't grow and the new shared stadium for the New York Giants and New York Jets sticks to its $1.2 billion budget.

Ameriquest Field, the stadium's neighbor and home to the Texas Rangers, has been hailed for its Texas-deco style that harks back to the golden age of baseball. But there is nothing traditional about the Cowboys stadium design.

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