Dallas Cowboys representatives and city officials unveiled plans for an NFL stadium on Monday.
The proposed $650 million stadium in Arlington would seat 75,000 under a dome with a retractable roof. It also would feature an interactive Cowboys
hall of fame, a museum outlining the team's history, numerous concession stands, video boards and message boards, officials said.
The Cowboys have been looking for a new home to replace Texas Stadium in Irving.
"This will be the premier facility and the largest stadium in the NFL," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. "I can promise it will be a place
that the Eagles, Giants and Redskins won't particularly enjoy."
He said planners had visited with other teams and cities to get ideas for the proposed stadium, which could handle up to 90,000 fans for special
A cost-benefit study commissioned by Arlington city officials showed that the city could add $238 million a year to its economy and gain an estimated
$7 billion in benefits over the next 30 years.
"We all know we need new sources of revenue in Arlington, and this could be the stimulus for that," Arlington mayor Robert Cluck said.
He said that the city, located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, would be the ideal location for the venue, which would be built next to the Texas
Rangers' Ameriquest Field.
The Arlington City Council was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on the plans and the tax increases needed to finance the construction. Arlington's share
of the project's cost would be capped at $325 million.
Cluck said the team will pay the city $2 million a year in rent starting in 2009 when the stadium is completed and 5 percent from all naming rights
for the stadium, valued at up to $500,000 a year.
"I'm hopeful and feel good that the council will see their way to put it on the ballot," team owner Jerry Jones said at the team's training camp in
"I'm very confident that to get the tradition and the visibility and the regional and national interest that the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed over the last
40 years, that it would be a very positive addition to what Arlington is about," Jones said. He said the Cowboys appreciate Arlington's stature as an