ARLINGTON, Texas – Have you ever walked into a Best Buy and discovered a full-sized football field in the middle of the store?
If so, then you know what it’s like to walk into the new Cowboys Stadium.
Everywhere you turn, there’s a flat-screen, high-def TV.
By the elevator. On the concourse. At the concession stand. In the bathroom. At the media buffet.
Oh, and then there’s that thing they’ve got hanging over the football field. I pity the person who gets caught picking their nose on that bigger-than-big screen.
Yeah, I felt kind of dumb traveling 600 miles to basically watch this game on TV, but, boy, you should’ve seen the Tunnel Walk video.
The whole place is impressive. Wide, open concourses. Luxurious suites. And TVs. Did I mention the TVs?
Certainly lives up to its $1.3 billion price tag.
But is it impressive enough to become the permanent home of the Big 12 Conference football championship game?
I’ll be interested to hear Nebraska fans’ impressions of the stadium (location in the heart of Texas notwithstanding). I’ll have to admit, Jerry Jones’ playground is a great venue for championship events.
But why stop with the Big 12 game?
Let’s make this the permanent home for the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, the BCS championship game. Heck, let’s make it the permanent home for all BCS games. Five straight days of bowl games at one site. Well, six, counting the Cotton Bowl. Or maybe that’s a doubleheader.
What, too much activity for the same place?
Yeah, on second thought, let’s keep Arrowhead Stadium — remember, it’s being renovated — in the rotation for the Big 12 title game.
But I have admit, every other year I’ll miss this press box’s cushy, reclining chairs, the ample leg room, and the TV above my head.
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