Sets the Stage for Cowboys' First Regular-Season Home Game on Sunday
September 18, 2009
The new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host its
first regular-season game on Sunday night when the team kicks off
against division rivals the N.Y. Giants.
largest NFL stadium in the world was originally budgeted for $650
million, but wound up with a $1.12 billion price tag. It features
80,000 seats mounted on sliding rails so that, if the arm rests
are removed, an extra 20,000 seats can be squeezed in for big events
(such as Super Bowl XLV, slated to take place in Texas in 2011).
TODAY show broadcasted from the stadium this morning, during which
team owner Jerry Jones noted that the glass was among the most unique
features of the stadium. The stadium features an 86-foot-high canted
glass exterior curtainwall, and 120-foot-high glass retractable
end zone doors, the largest operable glass doors in the world.
HERE to watch the Today show interview with Jones and HERE
for a tour of the stadium with legendary football player Emmitt
Larry Long, president of the Oldcastle Glass Building Envelope Group
in Dallas, notes that Jones was very involved in the entire project,
including choosing the look of the glass.
"Jerry Jones and his whole family came out and we mocked up
three different designs with the glass and aluminum and he made
the decision along with the architect on which one they wanted to
go with," Long says.
glass, manufactured by a number of different suppliers, was fabricated
by Viracon in Owatonna, Minn. Oldcastle Glass served as the building
envelop manufacturer and unitized the glass and curtainwall used
in the stadium's major features. Haley-Greer in Dallas was the glazing
"The Jones family really wanted the stadium to be a reflection
of the team-both in the colors and in the general aesthetic-and
the glass skin became a focal point for the stadium," said
Lynn Eaton, project manager at Viracon.
Watch for the September issue of USGlass for an in-depth
look at the glass highlights of the new Cowboys Stadium.
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