Blown Away By The Death Star

JohnContributor ISeptember 30, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28:  An exterior view of Cowboys Stadium is seen prior to the Carolina Panthers game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 28, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jaw-dropping.

Breathtaking.

Gargantuan.

Pick an adjective.

Really, there is no way to describe Cowboys Stadium (a.k.a. the Death Star) in one word. In fact, trying to write an article about this new palace does it injustice. You really have to see it for yourself.

Every Cowboy fan, no matter where they live, needs to make a pilgrimage to Arlington at least one time in their lifetime even if it’s just for a tour.

Like the poor planet of Alderaan in Star Wars, I was blown away by the Death Star.

I was more than glad to arrive at the stadium three hours before kickoff to admire and appreciate the monstrosity of the greatest sports venue on the planet. I am also thrilled that I witnessed the very first Dallas Cowboys win at Cowboys Stadium, a 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

I don’t even know what I love most about the new home of the Cowboys. Everything about it is amazing: the arches, the metallic silver color, the height, the length, the giant glass windows, the resemblance to Texas Stadium, and of course the gigantic high-definition video screens.

Thank you Jerry Jones. Thanks for your ambition in giving the Cowboys the best stadium in the league. Thanks for keeping the tradition of the hole in the roof and giving the Cowboys’ new home a unique feel that will distinguish it from any other place in the NFL.

Thanks for outdoing all of the great new stadiums like University of Phoenix Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium.

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There seems to be a bit of subtle mockery by the national media hinting that Cowboys Stadium is just a little too silly for professional sports in America. Don’t be fooled by this notion.

Cowboys Stadium is just plain awesome. I never got the feeling that Jerry Jones overdid anything.

Seriously, if MLB ballparks can put swimming pools in their outfields why can’t the Cowboys have the largest HD screen in the world? 

I have a feeling that the NFL will make Cowboys Stadium a regular host (like Land Shark Stadium in Miami) of the Super Bowl. Hopefully, the Cowboys themselves will be playing (and winning) some of those games.

Until then, all Cowboy fans should be proud of this magnificent piece of architecture and plan a visit as soon as possible.