The Dallas Cowboy Star just rose a little bit higher in the sky. On Tuesday, the NFL’s top executives voted to play the 2011 Super Bowl at America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys’ future stadium. Talk about a rising star, the stadium being planned to be built is said to handle a capacity crowd, on that Super Bowl Sunday, of 120,000 football fans. 100,000 of them will occupy the seats throughout the stadium. While another 20,000 will watch the game as standing room only participants at each end of the stadium in the adjoining plazas. No Super Bowl in history has had that many fans watching the game live.
The Dallas Cowboys with their future monster stadium in Arlington, Texas beat out the other two NFL teamed cities competing for the bid, Indianapolis, Indiana and Glendale, Arizona, respectfully the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Cardinals’ Glendale, Arizona will host the 2007 season AFC and NFC season winners in Super Bowl XLII.
While Indianapolis is building a new stadium with a seating capacity of approximately 75,000, it wasn’t enough to hold sway over the 120,000 Dallas Cowboy team owner Jerry Jones and the area’s committee presented to the owners for voting on Tuesday. That’s a lot of tickets to be sold, 120,000, at approximately $800 a piece, and a lot of money to be had. If all tickets are sold at that value, of $800 a piece on average, that equals out to a gross ticket revenue of $96 million dollars. Compare that to Indianapolis’ 75,000 tickets at approximately $800 a piece equaling $60 million, a difference of $36 million, and you can begin to see why the NFL owners voted for the Super Bowl to be played in Arlington, Texas. The gross ticket sales of the Super Bowl are shared by the two participating teams. And while it doesn’t break down as neatly as just explained, any NFL team owner worth his weight in gold surely would like a piece of that pie over at Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas, come 2011. Miami Dolphins’ team owner, Wayne Huizenga was quoted as saying, “The ticket factor is a big one.” (Yahoo sports)
In talking about how the monster seating capacity played into the NFL owners as a whole voting for the 2011 Super Bowl to be played at the new stadium, according to Jason Cole, sports writer for Yahoo sports, Jerry Jones said, “I think that was obviously a big factor.” He went on to say, referencing former Dallas Cowboy team owner, Tex Schramm, “One of the things I always remember in talking to (former team president) Tex Schramm about football is that the game isn’t a studio event. You have to have the crowd, the pageantry and the excitement that creates.” (Yahoo sports)
The new stadium is expected to start being used for the 2009 NFL football season. Under normal operating conditions and seating capacity, the stadium is expected to hold approximately 70,000 fans. However, the design of the stadium allows for the enlarging of that seating capacity up to the aforementioned 100,000 seating capacity with another 20,000 standing capacity at both ends of the stadium.
Well they do say they every thing’s bigger in Texas. And as evidenced by this future stadium, with its monster seating capacity, and setting the stage for the largest ever amount of fans watching the Super Bowl live, you don’t have to tell me twice.