Cowboys’ Sports Facility
The need for proper sporting facility is in the increase in the sports industry. This is because of the growing sports talent and the love for sports by a good number of people from all over the world. Therefore, this has called for proper management of the existing sports facility and the strategies to create new ones. This paper will analyze the challenges that faced the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium’s authorities during its construction, how it managed to sell the construction ideas to the stakeholders, its sources of funds during construction, as well as the impressive features about the club.
According to Aron (2010), Dallas cowboys’ stadium, which is located in Texas America, is the largest sports stadium in the world today. It was officially opened for sports events in 2009 after the construction was complete.
However, the construction of this stadium faced various challenges. The major changes were financial, architectural, and regulatory challenges. First, Aron (2010) notes that the initial estimated construction cost of 650 million U.S dollars rose to an actual cost of over 1.3 billion U.S dollars. This was a great challenge since other sources of finance had to be established. The engineers who were involved also faced a lot of difficulty in trying to design the stadium due to its complexity. It has made the work take longer than the planned duration. Another drawback occurred after the construction. That is, it was realized that the Jumbotron screen was too close to the field after a player almost knocked it with the ball. This, therefore, called for further adjustments.
Aron (2010) further notes that finding a good contractor that would deal with the complex structure was also a problem since it needed a highly skilled contractor; hence causing delays in construction commencement. There was also difficulty in bringing all the required construction materials to the site since some of them, like the special high strength 56 foot steel, had to be shipped from very far. Another notable challenge that occurred was the several site accidents. These accidents included the mechanical failure and body injury like the three workers who were injured in a crane accident and the one who was wounded by the electric current. The city officials also caused delays when trying to approve a good site for the facility. That is because they proposed a different location from where the owner wanted it to be.
In order to have the construction idea accepted by the various stakeholders, Jerry Jones who is the owner of the stadium had to elaborate the benefits of the stadium to them. He had to convince them that the stadium would have the largest viewing capacity and hence creating room for a large number of funs. He also promised the business partners that it would generate the largest revenue for the National Football League and so was a potential investment. Additionally, it was going to create an opportunity for the locals to have big events like the world cup and the Olympics competition taking place closer to them since the stadium’s capacity allows that. Aron (2010) noted the explanation by Jones that if constructed, it would give the local people an opportunity to start booming businesses around the place. This would be especially so during world sports events like the world cup and the Olympics which drew very many people from different parts of the world (Aron, 2010).
Aron (2010) further notes the exclamation by Jerry Jones that the facility would be a motivator to the young people who had sporting talents since they would get the opportunity to see and meet some of the football and athletics stars. Additionally, it would be a tourist destination to both locals and the foreigners and would thus help raise revenue to the government. He further promised that the stadium would be a good field trip facility for school kids. For the sports partners, it was also to serve as a modern sports promotion monument. This facility was to help create employment opportunities to the locals and hence improving their standards of living and the general welfare.
According to Quinn (2012), for the franchise to raise enough funds for the construction of the facility, the city of Arlington where it is built had to increase some of the local taxes rates. For instance, the sales taxes were increased by 0.5 percent, hotel accommodation services were taxed at a two percent tax increment and also car rental tax rose. The National Football League (NFL) was to also provide 150Million U.S dollars which was a requirement for the provision financial support towards the construction of new stadiums. Finally, the remaining amount of money was to be provided by the Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones and the other private stakeholders.
For the construction to have been complete, I would have further suggested other sources of finance which include borrowing from the banks. The amount borrowed would later on be repaid when returns are realized. I would have also suggested that most of the expensive construction materials be obtained on credit to have their payments effected later after the construction is completed and income realized.
Besides being the largest stadium in the world, I also believe that it is also the best designed stadium which impresses me the most. This is because of its most unique features. The uniqueness comes about as a result of the many facilities within the stadium. These include the over three thousand LCD displays which make it possible for anyone to watch the ongoing events from whichever part of the stadium. Another captivating facility is the large Jumbotron screen at the center which enables a clear view of the events. It also has very large glass doors which facilitate faster and easier entry and exit of people. Finally, it impresses me since it is well aerated and has a good lighting system with the world’s largest retractable roof (Quinn, 2012).
Even though, the construction of the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium was very challenging both financially and architecturally, it has proven to be of greater benefit to the sports industry, the local residents, and to the entire world.