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Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Jerry Jones has sure built a winner.
Nope, not the Dallas Cowboys, although he's trying in his own way.
But the house that Jerry built with his vision and passion, AT&T Cowboys Stadium, is a thing of beauty unlike the .500 team that calls it home.
There's nothing mediocre about the stadium the Arlington, Texas voters approved and Jerry poured his heart, soul and wallet into.
And in this case if "you build it, they will come." The JerryBowl rarely stays quiet for long like Ray's cornfield in Iowa.
AT&T Cowboys Stadium wasn't where I wanted to be Monday, trapped in traffic and trying to make the first pitch of the Texas Rangers' season opener. But it's frequently the place to be.
One article this week dubbed it as "the greatest sporting venue in the world." I haven't traveled enough to say that's 100 percent accurate but there is mounting evidence of it.
Since opening in 2009, less than five years ago, it has held a Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game, big-time soccer matches, prize boxing matches and it's the current home to the Texas High School football championships, finally providing a venue that could handle the single-site dream that had been around for decades.
It's the home of the Cotton Bowl and also has a big college football opener every season. Baylor and Texas Tech have played there. It's been the host for big-time college basketball games before, I remember Texas and North Carolina playing a classic there. But that was a regular season and this is the biggest stage for the college hoops world.
But it's not too big for Dallas-Fort Worth and that's mostly because of one man, Jerry Jones. Thanks for your vision, Jerry. You did it your way - BIG!