I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cowboy Upgrade: Welcome to the NFL's Next Flagship Arena

Recently, I had the great pleasure of watching the Dallas Cowboys play the Chicago Bears at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the largest domed structure in the world. As excited as I was to witness my first live NFL game, I was much more excited at the technological wonder that is Cowboy Stadium. Many people responded to my exciting journey with words of, "Screw the Cowboys," or "Screw the Bears," and quite often a mixture of the two. My response was that this building is to the modern world what architectural wonders like the Colosseum were to the ancient world. It is equipped with HD screens so large (in fact, the largest in the world) that practical rulings had to be decided ahead of time for the event that someone hits the screen during a kick-off or punt. I've taken art classes where it is suggested that if you do not understand the wonder of architecture, you have no way of understanding the wonder of divinity. Let's just say that I'm a wee bit closer to divinity today, having experienced Cowboy Stadium firsthand.

I wrote this blog post because I have kept repeating the following phrase time and time again in reference to this Sunday well-spent: "Have you read the Wired article about Cowboys Stadium?" The article is titled "Cowboys Upgrade: Welcome to the NFL's Next Flagship Arena," and it is available on-line at Wired. Read this article here, and try to tell me that you're not amazed at the existence of this building.

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