ARLINGTON, Texas — Wow. It’s the one word that best describes Cowboys Stadium, a football shaped glass structure that resembles a giant space ship, especially at night. Concerts and soccer games the past two months provided a sneak preview of owner Jerry Jones’ extravagant $1.2 billion creation. Friday night everyone else finally saw what all the buzz has been about during the Dallas Cowboys’ nationally televised preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. "When you talk about the wow factor this is 100 times wow!” said 75-year-old Gil Brandt, the Cowboys’ player personnel director for 29 years, who now works for NFL.com. "This is totally unbelievable. It reminds me of when the Astrodome was built.” In a day and age where everyone — even the New York Yankees — are building new sports palaces, very few produce the "wow” factor. Which is why Jerry World or Jones Mahal, two nicknames often used, are more apropos. OU fans will get a first-hand look in two weeks when the Sooners open the season Sept. 5 against BYU. Former Cowboys special teams star Bill Bates predicts Sooner fans will be impressed. "They’ll be blown away,” Bates said. "It takes your breath away. It’s actually hard to watch the action on the field instead of that video board. It’s that spectacular.” Jones Mahal’s signature attractions are the high definition video screens that hang above the field from the 20-to-20 yard lines. The gargantuan, crystal-clear video boards are the unforgettable highlight. Informed they’re the equivalent of 5,000 flat panel 52-inch big screen TVs, that comparison doesn’t do them justice. They look more like a big screen TV the size of your house ... and your neighbor’s house. One NFL preseason game underscores why Cowboys Stadium will host the NBA All-Star Game in February, the Super Bowl in 2011, the 2014 Final Four, the 2009 and 2010 Big 12 Championship games, the Cotton Bowl and countless concerts and college games. "Gorgeous. Amazing,” wide receiver Patrick Crayton recently told the Cowboys media. "So many words it’s ridiculous. How many wonders do we have in the world? Seven? It’s still seven. Then this is eight and eight and a half.” Having attended games in nearly every NFL stadium and 36 major league ballparks, including 26 current MLB stadiums, it’s rare that a stadium produces the "wow factor” I experienced Friday night. The other landmark feature is modern-day glass architecture, which is what people see when driving on I-30. There are so many nuances it’s hard to list them all, whether it’s 14 contemporary paintings or the standing-room-only "party decks” behind both end zones where Average Joes can attend a game for $29. Eight stadium-run cameras provide behind-the-scenes locker room shots and replays even the major TV networks miss. There also are a couple of innovative approaches future stadiums across the country are sure to copy. One long overdue, common-sense addition is high-dollar suites are much closer to the field, almost close enough to hear Tony Romo and Wade Phillips. Both ends of the stadium slide open like a patio door. But I can’t go as far as to call Jones Mahal the best sports facility in the world. Most dazzling? Certainly. Most spectacular? Absolutely. The lone drawbacks: A punt hit the video screen in the third quarter. The biggest "wart” is the field is artificial turf. University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl, grows grass outside and slides it back indoors on a giant tray. But that’s not plausible for Jones Mahal due to the number of concerts, high school and college games scheduled year-round. Jones Mahal is actually three different turfs. One for the Cowboys. One for soccer games. And one for high school games and concerts. Jerry Jones has to get his money back. The City of Arlington chipped in $325 million from a tax rate increase. Jones, though, is paying close to $900 million. Like most new venues it seems extravagant at the time, but Jones Mahal will prove to be a bargain over the long haul.