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Facility Roundup: Dallas and Austin

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

The Skinny:  This $1.2B palace is the largest domed stadium in the world, and sports the world’s largest HD video screen, which hangs from the 20-yard line to the 20-yard line, 60 yards long. The retractable roof stadium has hosted a number of events in sports and entertainment, including NBA All-Star Weekend in 2010 (with a record crowd of 108,713 fans), the Cotton Bowl, a number of college football and college basketball games, soccer games, boxing matches and high-profile concerts. The stadium will host Super Bowl XLV in February of 2011, and the Final Four in 2014.

Year Opened:  2009

Capacity:  80,000 (expands to 110,000 with standing room only seating)

Best Moment:  January 3, 2010. In a Week 17 game that would decide the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-0 to win the division in their inaugural season at Cowboys Stadium. One week later, the Cowboys would host the Eagles again in a Wild Card Weekend playoff matchup, with the Cowboys again proving victorious, by a 34-14 score.


Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)

The Skinny:  One of the early retro-style ballparks, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – which hosted the 1995 MLB All-Star game – incorporates features from Tiger Stadium, the old Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. Greene’s Hill, named after former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, is a sloped section of grass behind center field that serves as a “batter’s eye.” The Rangers have announced extensive renovations to upgrade the technology of the park that are set to debut for the 2011 season.

Year Opened:  1994

Capacity:  49,170

Best Moment:  October 22, 2020. The Rangers clinched their first-ever American League pennant at home by defeating the New York Yankees 6-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS. The Ballpark also hosted Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 2010 World Series.


American Airlines Center (Dallas Mavericks & Dallas Stars)

The Skinny:  In addition to being a state-of-the-art sports facility, the American Airlines Center is also considered to be among the best concert venues in the country, even being named “Concert Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine in 2006. Forbes ranked it the fourth most lucrative arena in the US in 2008. The unique design that includes retractable seating makes for a very easy transition between basketball and hockey, and results in great sightlines for fans on the north and south ends.

Year Opened:  2001

Capacity:  19,200 for basketball, 18,532 for hockey

Best Moment:  June 8, 2006. In their NBA Finals franchise debut, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 90-80 in Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals. The Mavericks would go on to win Game 2 at home as well, but eventually lost to the Heat in six games.


Pizza Hut Park (FC Dallas)

The Skinny:  Home to FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, Pizza Hut Park also sports 17 additional tournament-grade fields for youth and adult soccer, as well as high school sports and other events. The soccer-specific stadium located in Frisco has hosted FC Dallas since it opened in 2005.

Year Opened:  2005

Capacity:  23,500

Best Moment:  The stadium hosted the MLS Cup in each of the first two years it was open, in 2005 and 2006. Both of those games had thrilling finishes; in 2005 the LA Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 1-0 in overtime, and in 2006 the Houston Dynamo defeated the Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks after finishing 1-1 in regulation. The stadium also played host to the NCAA Men’s College Cup in 2008, and will host the NCAA FCS championship game in 2011-2013.

College Football:

Darrell K. Royal Stadium (Texas Longhorns)

The Skinny:  Keeping in line with the “Everything is bigger in Texas” mantra, Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium offers a 55 x 134-foot HD display board, one of the nation’s largest. With over 100,000 fans in the stands each week, the stadium offers one of the largest crowds in college football. The Longhorns have won 77.9% of their games in this stadium since it opened through the 2010 season.

Year Opened:  1924

Capacity:  100,119

Fun Fact: On December 9, 1988, Darrell K. Royal Stadium was the site of the 5A state semifinal game between Dallas Carter High School and Odessa Permian (won by Carter 14-9) that was the center of the Buzz Bissinger book Friday Night Lights.

Gerald J. Ford Stadium (SMU Mustangs)

The Skinny:  The bowl-shaped stadium within the Dallas city limits was the last on-campus Division I-A stadium to be built in the 20th century. It features Doak Walker Plaza outside the northeast corner of the stadium, honoring the former Mustang Heisman Trophy winner. The plaza features a replica of the Doak Walker Award trophy, awarded annually to the top running back in college football. In 2007, the stadium hosted a #1 vs. #2 matchup in high school football between Miami Northwestern and Southlake Carroll in front of 31,986 fans.

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity:  32,000

Best Moment:  September 2, 2000. In this inaugural game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the SMU Mustangs defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 31-17. It started a new chapter in the storied (but tumultuous) history of SMU football.

Amon G. Carter Stadium (TCU Horned Frogs)

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The Skinny: The stadium has undergone a number of renovations over the course of its 80-year history, most recently in 2008, when capacity was expanded to 44,358. A $105M renovation is underway in the West stands that aims to enhance football fans’ experience at the stadium, with an expected completion by the 2012 season. The Armed Forces Bowl has been held here since 2003.

Year Opened:  1930

Capacity:  44,358

Best Moment:  November 14, 2009. The fourth-ranked Horned Frogs welcomed the 14th-ranked Utah Utes to Amon G. Carter Stadium, with ESPN’s College Gameday making its first appearance on TCU campus. TCU won 55-28 in front of the largest crowd in the stadium’s history, 50,307 fans.

Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies)

The Skinny:  Known as one of the most intimidating venues in college football, Kyle Field in College Station, Texas is nicknamed the Home of the 12th Man, an ode to Aggies fans. From “Midnight Yell” practice to kissing your date every time the Aggies score, Kyle Field offers a top-notch game experience. It is no wonder CBS Sports named it the best venue in college football.

Year Opened:  1927

Capacity:  82,600

Decade of Dominance: n the 1990s, Texas A&M was dominant at Kyle Field with a 55-4-1 (92.5 winning percentage) record. During that span, the Aggies put together two of the longest home winning streaks in school history, a 31-game winning streak from 1990-95 (fifth-largest in Division I-A history) and a 22-game winning streak from 1996-2000.

Jones AT&T Stadium (Texas Tech Red Raiders)

The Skinny:  Between 1999 and 2009, Texas Tech has spent $84M on on-going renovations to the stadium that have kept it modern and increased seating capacity by nearly 10,000 seats. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the stadium follows the Spanish Renaissance architecture seen throughout the Texas Tech campus.

Year Opened:  1947

Capacity:  60,454

Best Moment:  November 1, 2008. ESPN College Gameday made its first-ever trip to Lubbock to see Texas Tech knock of #1 ranked Texas 39-33 on a Michael Crabtree touchdown catch with one-second remaining in the game. The fans rushed the field (a bit early, actually), providing perhaps the greatest memory in the stadium’s history.

College Basketball:

Erwin Center (Texas Longhorns)

The Skinny:  Often referred to as “The Drum” because of its drum-like appearance, the Erwin Center is Austin’s premiere venue for special events and concerts, as well as Texas Longhorns basketball, of course. A 2003 expansion and renovation added 28 seats and increased seating capacity to 16,734, as well as a new Jumbotron.

Year Opened:  1977

Capacity:  16,734

Fun Fact:  The first sellout and largest crowd at the Erwin Center do not belong to Texas basketball. Lawrence Welk was the first sellout of the arena on March 12, 1978, and the largest crowd showed up for John Denver on May 6, 1978 to the tune of 17,829 fans.

Reed Arena (Texas A&M Aggies)

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The Skinny:  The Reed Rowdies help make the arena one of the most hostile in college basketball, similar to the atmosphere that has made football games at Kyle Field so popular. Reed Arena features parquet wood floors, and set a record attendance of 13,717 in a February 27, 2010 win over Texas.

Year Opened:  1998

Capacity:  12,989

Hurricane Relief: Reed Arena has served as a temporary shelter for evacuees during Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike. It served as the temporary home to Tulane’s basketball team in 2005-06.

United Spirit Arena (Texas Tech Red Raiders)

The Skinny:  The arena has played host to the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball and volleyball teams since opening in 1999. The building is named for United Supermarkets, the 68-store retail grocery chain that contributed the $10 million gift to kick-off construction of the arena.

Year Opened:  1999

Capacity:  15,000

Best Moment:  January 1, 2007. Texas Tech defeated New Mexico 70-68, giving head coach Bobby Knight his 880th win, making him the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history.


Dr. Pepper Arena (NAHL Texas Tornado & NBDL Texas Legends)

The Skinny:  Located in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Pepper Arena serves as the executive offices and home practice facility of the Dallas Stars as well as the home of the Texas Tornado North American Hockey League team and the Texas Legends of the National Basketball Developmental League.

Year Opened:  2003, reopened in 2009

Capacity:  7,000

Facility Roundup: New York

Friday, December 10th, 2010


New Meadowlands Stadium (New York Jets & New York Giants)

The Skinny:  The $1.6 billion stadium opened hosted its first NFL game in August of 2010 in a preseason matchup between the two tenants, the Jets and the Giants. Getting to the stadium has never been easier with the addition of a New Jersey Transit stop directly in front of the stadium. The stadium is able to seamlessly transition between hosting Jets and Giants games over the course of an 18-hour process that is aided by interior lighting system.

Year Opened:  2010

Capacity:  82,500

Best Attribute:  The technology. The stadium sports four massive 30 x 118 foot HD display boards at each corner of the stadium, and more than 2,100 HD monitors throughout the stadium. If you are going to get food at some of the vastly upgraded concession stands, you will not miss any action with all of the TV coverage.


Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)

The Skinny:  The dimensions of the field remain the same, but just about everything else has changed as compared to the old Yankee Stadium. The concourses are nearly twice as wide, there are tons of food options, and the 59 x 101 foot HD video board in centerfield is among the best in the majors. With wider seats and more legroom, the new stadium may lack the history and tradition of the 85+ year-old original, but the viewing experience is on a different level.

Year Opened:  2009

Capacity:  50,287

Best Moment:  November 4, 2009. The Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium, bringing home the franchise’s 27th World Series title.

Citi Field (New York Mets)

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The Skinny:  The state of the art facility is much more intimate than Shea Stadium as a result of the reduction of more than 13,000 seats. The classic design was inspired by Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the wider seats angled towards the action, increased legroom, and widened concourses make the in-game experience significantly better. Concessions such as Shake Shack and Blue Smoke behind center field are hard to top.

Year Opened:  2009

Capacity:  41,800

Best Attribute:  Fans are welcomed through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, a magnificent tribute to the late Brooklyn Dodgers hero. An eight-foot sculpture of Robinson’s number 42 stands amid the 160-foot-diameter rotunda.


Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks & New York Rangers, College Basketball)

The Skinny:  Known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden opened in its current location in 1968 and is the third busiest arena in the world in terms of ticket sales. Located above Penn Station between 31st and 33rd Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenue is Manhattan, The Garden is the longest-active major sports facility in the New York metropolitan area. A nearly $800M renovation from 2011-2013 will keep The Garden alive for another 40+ years.

Year Opened:  1968

Capacity:  19,763 for basketball; 18,200 for hockey

Best Moment: MSG has been the site of some of the most historic moments in NBA (Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals), NHL (Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals), boxing (Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier), college basketball (home to the Big East Tournament since 1983), and music history.

Prudential Center (New Jersey Nets, New Jersey Devils, & Seton Hall basketball)

The Skinny: The Prudential Center is the cornerstone in the revitalization and renaissance of downtown Newark, and hosts Located in downtown Newark, just 2 blocks from Newark Penn Station, the arena is accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH and Amtrak making it easy to get there. An externally mounted 4,800 square-foot LED display, one of the largest in the world, welcomes fans entering the arena, and a 6,000 square-foot mural along the Grand Concourse wall features depictions of famous New Jersey sports legends.

Year Opened:  2007

Capacity: 17,625 for hockey and 18,500 for basketball

Best Attribute:  With more than 750 flat screens and the Championship Plaza, an outdoor space designed to celebrate the Devils’ championship history, the fan experience at the Prudential Center is a vast improvement over the former home of the building’s tenants, East Rutherford’s Izod Center.

Nassau Coliseum (New York Islanders)

The Skinny: Located in Uniondale on Long Island, the Coliseum opened in 1972 and has housed the Islanders ever since, also playing home to the New York Nets of the ABA and NBA from 1972-77, during which time Julius “Dr. J” Erving was leading the Nets to the ABA title and winning the ABA MVP (1974). The Coliseum was nicknamed “Fort Neverlose” during the Islanders’ four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-84; over the course of those four seasons the Islanders sported a home record of 141-36-23, including the postseason.

Year Opened:  1972

Capacity:  16,250

Best Moment: May 24, 1980. The Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime in Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals on a goal by Bobby Nystrom that started the Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s.


Red Bull Arena (New York Red Bulls)

The Skinny:  The soccer-specific stadium opened in Harrison, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark, in the Spring of 2010 and has become a big draw for metropolitan soccer fans. It is a short walk from the New Jersey transit station in Harrison, making it easy for fans from New York and New Jersey to attend. Sections 133, 101 and 102 are nicknamed the “South Ward” and are reserved for fans of the Red Bulls support clubs, making that area the rowdiest and loudest area of the arena.

Year Opened:  2010

Capacity:  25,000

Best Moment: July 22, 2010. French national team star Thierry Henry makes his Red Bulls debut and scores a goal in front of more than 20,000 fans during a New York Barclays Challenge game against Tottenham. The fans greeted Henry with a roar and he delivered, blowing kisses to the crowd after his goal.

College Football:

Rutgers Stadium (Rutgers Scarlet Knights)

The Skinny:  A recent $102M expansion pushed the capacity to more than 52,000 and was completed prior to the 2009 season. The on-campus stadium added a 38-foot x 112-foot video board as part of the renovations, and features a cannon that fires upon Rutgers scoring drives. The stadium has also hosted NCAA tournament soccer and lacrosse games, including the Men’s lacrosse championship games in 188, 2001 and 2002.

Year Opened:  1994

Capacity:  52,454

Best Moment:  November 9, 2006. The #15-ranked Scarlet Knights faced the #3-ranked Louisville Cardinals in front of a then-record crowd of 44,111. In what was heralded as the most important game in Rutgers history, they defeated Louisville and the fans stormed the field. It was known as “Pandemonium in Piscataway.”

College Basketball:

Carnesecca Arena (St. John’s Red Storm)

The Skinny:  Between opening its doors in 1961 and its renaming for long-time St. John’s legendary coach Lou Carnesseca, Carnesseca Arena was called Alumni Hall and was home to some high-quality basketball. The Johnnies play most of their high-profile games at Madison Square Garden, using Carnesseca Arena mostly for their early-season non-conference games.

Year Opened:  1961

Capacity:  6,008

Fun Fact:  Carnesseca Arena is the last venue in New York City that the NCAA Tournament was held; it hosted first-round games from 1970-74. Madison Square Garden is the home to the NIT and Big East Tournament.

Louis Brown Athletic Center “The RAC” (Rutgers Scarlet Knights)

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The Skinny:  It has been called “louder than a 757 at nearby Newark” and it is definitely one of the loudest arenas in the nation. It has a trapezoidal design that allows the noise to resonate, making it an incredibly tough place to play. In addition to hosting the Scarlet Knights since 1977, the RAC (it was officially called the Rutgers Athletic Center until 1986 but still goes by the RAC moniker) was also home to the NBA’s New Jersey Nets from 1977-1981.

Year Opened:  1977

Capacity:  8,000

What They’re Saying:  “It is very difficult at the RAC. They have a great home crowd. The student body and everybody really comes out to support them. Just the way the gym is shaped, it seems like everybody is on top of you. At times, if you’re not focused, you can get lost in the game just by how intense the crowd is.”
– Former Connecticut Guard Ben Gordon

Top Sports Power Weekends: New York

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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April 1-3 Thursday
  • Tigers at Yankees (Opening Day)
  • NIT Finals
  • Flyers at Devils
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Hurricanes at Islanders
  • Canadiens at Devils
  • Dynamo at Red Bulls
  • Tigers at Yankees
  • Cavaliers at Knicks
  • Heat at Nets
April 8-10 Friday
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Knicks at Nets
  • Penguins at Islanders
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Devils at Rangers
  • Nationals at Mets
  • Bruins at Devils
April 15-17 Friday
  • Rangers at Yankees
  • Rangers at Yankees
  • Earthquakes at Red Bulls
  • Rangers at Yankees
April 22-24 Friday
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
  • Diamondbacks at Mets
April 29-May 1 Friday
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • NFL Draft (Day 2)
  • Raptors at Yankees
  • Sporting KC at Red Bulls
  • NFL Draft (Day 3)
  • Raptors at Yankees