The primary reason we stopped in Dallas (as opposed to other Texas metropolises) for several nights is because we have relatives in the area. Uncle Mike and Aunt Melly moved from Blue Springs, MO (suburb of Kansas City) to Waxahachie, TX (suburb of Dallas) last July. (My June 2015 tour around Kansas City was designed to visit them at their old house.)
Mike, a big Dallas Cowboys fan, expressed an interest in visiting their (relatively) new stadium (it opened June 2009). And while I lean more towards baseball than football, it caught my interest.
The tours cost $35 per person - more than I would pay to attend a game, much less for a tour. But for some reason tickets were 50% off yesterday, so we took the tour for *just* $17.50 each. And at nearly two hours in duration, I'd say we got our money's worth.
The tour started at 1pm, giving us about 45 minutes to browse the stadium gift shop beforehand. As it turned out, the tour tickets were one of the cheapest things available.
How about a hat for $40?
Or a Tony Romo jersey for $300?
Or a pair of snakeskin boots for $600?
The stadium itself reminds me of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, in that both stadia are feature retractable domes. But where the seats at the Brewers' park wrap from the left field foul pole around home plate and out to the right field foul pole, the seats at the Cowboys' wrapped entirely around the field - a full 360 degrees. That helps account for why Milwaukee's stadium holds 42,000 compared to Dallas' 90,000. Our tour guide, Glenn, said it is the largest domed stadium in the world. And I believe him.
For comparison, here's Miller Park:
And here's the Cowboys' stadium:
This evening's "Band of the Sixties" in Lake Dallas was cancelled (apparently they had to cut back employees in addition to programming because of budget cuts), but tomorrow's "Band of the Sixties" in Benbrook is a go:
Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Benbrook Library, 1065 Mercedes St, Benbrook, TX
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
4/20/2016 08:36:36 am
My wife and in-laws attended your presentation in Benbrook, in large part because my Mother in law knows how huge of a Beatles fan I am. I enjoyed all of what you had to say and learned some new insights I hadn't known previously. I also loved the fact that you had "A Day In The Life" playing before you began. We happened to be sitting behind you and I mentioned it was my all time favorite song of theirs, we also discussed the dynamics of the arrangements of that song between Paul and John's writing. Would love to see you again if you are in the area. I didn't have a chance to peruse your book selection, but would like to look into them more. As my wife says, I'm a Beatles "nerd" and can't get enough of them and learning more about them. Safe travels!
4/20/2016 01:49:20 pm
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