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Everything is bigger in Texas

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: February 14, 2010

Everything is bigger in Texas is the line Dirk Nowitzki used during pre-game activities at the 59th NBA All-Star Game Sunday night. It’s an old cliche. But it’s fitting.

The largest crowd to ever witness a basketball game, every one of the 80,000 seats appeared to be filled. Standing room only sections weren’t too packed but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was confidenct when the final tally would be announced tickets sold could approach 100,000.

One concern with Jones’ mammoth stadium is basketball games would be swallowed up. No worries.

I can’t speak for fans on the top row, hundreds of feet away from the court. But the world’s largest TV, nearly the length of two basketball courts, is plenty big enough to follow the action, even from the rooftop.

For basketball, or football for that matter, Cowboys Stadium essentially is eight different levels — a gigantic lower section, a club area, two concourse levels halfway up, another three levels of suites and the upper deck.

Cowboys Stadium is one of a kind. There are never enough tickets for big events like All-Star Games, Super Bowls or Final Fours. Jerry’s World at least provides an opportunity for more fans to attend.

Asked if he will pursue NCAA, NBA and NFL officials to become regular members of their big-event rotation, Jones said the venue speaks for itself. In other words, he’s confident his $1.2 billion palace won’t have to politick. Once you’ve been there nothing else compares.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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