Archive for December, 2009

The House That Jerry Built

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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It doesn’t matter what your football affiliation is, or whether you have one at all.  If you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area and are looking for an interesting tour, check out the Dallas Cowboys Stadium tour.   The 1.2 billion dollar stadium built, by Jerry Jones, the Cowboy Organization, and the city of Arlington, is spectacular.

Except for a few days, tours start continuously from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM with shorter tour hours on Sundays.  CLICK HERE for tour and ticket information.

Tinka took two of our granddaughters, Ayden and Maddi, on a tour that lasted about 2 hours 15 minutes.  Due to heavy holiday crowds, that was about an hour longer than the normal tour.  Unfortunately, Rick had to pass on this one due to back issues and the amount of walking involved.

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From miles away, the stadium looms in the distance.

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Any approach that you make is quite impressive.

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This is the largest single span structure in the world. (no support columns)  Holding with Cowboy tradition, the roof can be opened so that God can watch his favorite team play.

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This massive structure can accommodate the Statue of Liberty standing at the 50 yard line and have 14 feet of clearance above the torch.

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Suites can be rented by the season and can cost up to $150,000 per game.  This is one of the upper suites.  They also have some at field level.

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The stadium capacity is 100,000 people, including the 20,000 standing room visitors.  The cheapest seats run about $75.00, but here at the end of the building is one of the “standing room” areas available for $29.00 per person. (Click photo to enlarge)

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Suspended 90 feet above the field is the largest HDTV television ever built.  It is two-sided and stretches from one 20 yard line to the other.  It is 73 feet tall and 160 feet in length.  There are also two 7-story elevators inside the TV.

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An interesting fact about the TV screen is that it cost $40,000,000.00, that is one million more than the entire cost of the Cowboys previous stadium, Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

Huge posters of former heroes can be found in the “Pro Shop” where all things Cowboy can be purchased.

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Looking out the upper windows, you get a good view of The Ballpark at Arlington, where the Texas Rangers baseball team plays.

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While the player’s locker room is fairly plain looking, the exotic wood for each locker cost $9,000.00.

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The Cowboy Cheerleaders, on the other hand, have their picture above their locker and each station is lighted and has a full length mirror.

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Guess what?  The Cotton Bowl Game isn’t going to be played at the 1932 Cotton Bowl anymore.  It will be held here at the cowboy stadium.  At the time of our visit they were preparing the field for the New Year’s weekend.

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This year Mississippi and Oklahoma State will participate in this year’s match up.

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A permanent Cotton Bowl display can be found at the stadium that focuses on some of the outstanding  Bowl plays of all time.  Of course, the one depicted here was in which Jerry Jones participated.

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We haven’t come across anyone that didn’t enjoy their visit to the new stadium, except visiting players.

We Need To Get Ourselves Back South!!

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The Santas up North don’t know how to behave!!!!

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Happy Holidays

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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We have traveled north to the frozen tundra of  the Dallas/Fort Worth area to spend the holidays with family.  Our wish is that everyone have a Happy  Holiday Season and an outstanding 2010.

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Bikers Galore

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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Apparently, the growing love for motorcycles is an international phenomenon.  On a recent visit to Progreso, Mx, the city had the main street roped off to allow for a large group of Mexican bikers, led by the governor of the state of Tamaulipas.  The group was on a journey from Renosa (near McAllen, TX) to Matamoros (near Brownsville, TX.)

This photo was taken by Tinka’s cell phone from the balcony of her favorite Progreso restaurant, The Red Snapper.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TINKA

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Tinka is having a wonderful ##?? birthday.  Lunch in Mexico and a jump in the hot tub.

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