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119 Reasons Why We Love Dallas – No. 109

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Because Some Things Really Are Bigger Here


The new Cowboys stadium (so named until Jerry Jones secures a naming-rights deal) features a pair of arches that extend across the entire arena. At almost 300 feet long each, both are bigger than the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The stadium itself is 3 million square feet. It features the largest and longest retractable roof extant, the biggest functional glass door, and an HD video scoreboard hanging in the center that practically spans the length of the playing field. In other words: it’s a physical manifestation of every stereotype people have about Texas in general and Dallas specifically, in the most awesome way possible.

However, if you’ve been to a Texas Rangers game recently, you probably have a vague sense of the impending traffic apocalypse that is about to settle on the area every home-game Sunday for the foreseeable future. According to the official stadium site, seating capacity is 80,000 and expandable up to 100,000. Also according to the site, it is “estimated” that there will be 30,000 parking spaces available around the facility. Which, okay, whatever. Most people ride with someone else or maybe a few someones. But the streets around the stadium, which happen to be the same streets that surround Rangers Ballpark, simply cannot handle that kind of traffic. They can barely handle Rangers fans. Better hope the Cowboys have a lot of home wins this season, because you’re going to have a long drive home to think about the games. 
 


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