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Added January 27th, 2011 by Ian

Super Bowl showcases Cowboys Stadium
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This year’s Super Bowl was an excellent chance for the Dallas Cowboys to christen their new stadium, but after having a terrible year that honour will go to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers as they battle it out for NFL supremacy. We have the guide for all of your Super Bowl betting on the 6th Feb. This was the second year the new Cowboys Stadium was used by the team and they had hoped to celebrate by playing in the Super Bowl.

The stadium, which holds 80,000 people in its seats and private boxes is thought to be among the best in the world and is the fourth-largest in the NFL. The building is located in Arlington, Texas and construction started on it in September of 2005. It officially opened in May 2009, cost about $1.5 billion and has an artificial turf surface.

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The stadium’s capacity can actually be expanded to about 111,000 when standing room is added. The record crowd so far for an NFL game is 105,121 which was set in September 2009 when the Cowboys took on the New York Giants and lost 33-31. It was their first season game in the new home. However, that attendance was eclipsed by the NBA all-star game in February 2010 when 108,713 showed up for the basketball game. The stadium has also attracted about 51,000 for a boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey.

The stadium has a retractable roof which makes it ideal for a Super Bowl game and is actually the world’s biggest domed stadium. Another feature is the high definition television screen which stretches from one 20 yard line to the other 20 yard line. The stadium was way over budget as it was originally pegged at about $650 million. The final cost of $1.15 billion makes it one of the costliest sports sites ever constructed.

Local taxes were raised slightly to help pay for the venue, these included sales tax, hotel occupancy tax, and car rental tax. The city of Arlington and the NFL also provided some money and loans. It looks like the money was well spent as the stadium also has over 3,000 televisions in its luxury suites, concession areas and hallways.

The screen above the field is the biggest high-definition one on the globe. However, the screen has been hit by the ball a couple of times by punters in football games. The size of the screen is actually 72 feet high and 160 feet wide for a total of 11,520 square feet. It had to be raised 25 feet once for a concert by U2. The screen is actually bigger than the basketball court used for games at the venue.

The stadium is an ideal location for all types of events, but on Feb. 6th it will show millions of fans why it’s primarily a football venue. Unfortunately for local residents, the Cowboys won’t be taking part in the Super Bowl.

 
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