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A Dallas Cowboy Stadium Concert goer did not like what it cost to park.

We attended the Kenny Chesney concert last night and a few comments about the concert

1. The parking price was OUTRAGEOUS !! $35.00 are you kidding me! No wonder we saw so many people walking from so far away!

2. Why wasn't the BIG SCREEN TV turned on during the ENTIRE TIME OF THE CONCERT??????? not the last 15 minutes of the concert? We paid a lot of money to see the concert. The big screen should have been on. We were pretty far away. 

3. Next time tell ol Kenny to sing the most of the songs. I came to hear him sing. Not hear the audience sing. Although I did notice him coughing and drinking a lot of water. if his thoart was sore he is excused but at least let us know.

4. Zack Brown Band ROCKED THE WHOLE NIGHT!!!! THEY WERE THE BEST!!!!!!!!! 

Julia Barney

Though we tend to put these Dallas Cowboy Stadium Comments in no particular order, we decided to put the latest one near the top, because it is one of the few that aren't anti-Cowboy, anti-Jerry Jones. Instead this commenter thinks all of you below are a bunch of whiners. 

Wow what a bunch of whiners... I bet in the long run the people who object about the stadium are probably trying to get something out of Jerry Jones. Why don't you guys just give up and go on about your business. The stadium will be built and nothing you can do or say will stop it now. It's beautiful~ and I'm proud it's in my city. If you live in Arlington you should be proud as well. We live in a society of the majority rules (unless it's the Presidential Election) and the majority of people in Arlington want the stadium exactly where it is being built. You whiners probably live in Dallas anyway and can't figure out how Arlington Texas outmaneuvered in the stadium deal. I'm only hoping Jerry Jones has the balls to change the name to "The Arlington Cowboys" ~ Maybe I'll bring that up at the next town hall meeting. 


And here's another piece of feedback who thinks nothing was wrong about what was done in Arlington to build a stadium. 

There was an election on this issue right?  So if a majority of the community thought that the stadium was a good idea, then why are you demonizing Jerry Jones?  The people who are unhappy that they were forced out should be complaining about their neighbors, not the team and its owner.

The city of Arlington figured that putting a revenue-generating stadium in the place of a crime-ridden neighborhood would be a wise move.  The new stadium will bring in new money for local businesses and new jobs for the people of Arlington.  The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.  This is what eminent domain is all about, and I don't see any "abuse" in this case. 

Austin, TX

Eyes on Texas: Some of the people in what you think was a crime-ridden neighborhood had lived there for decades. The people of Arlington voted to help fund a stadium. Using eminent domain to take people's homes and evict apartment dwellers was not part of the vote. If having the Dallas Cowboy stadium is such an economic boon, generating revenue, why did the city of Irving not try to build the new stadium? And why is the area around the current Cowboy stadium in Irving so undeveloped and a bit of a blight? And you are erroneous about this being a proper use of eminent domain. That's why there are still dozens of cases in court.


March 14, 2008 FEEDBACK from one of the Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys/Arlington victims  

Due to ongoing litigation I am not able to 'spill all of the beans' that I would like to. But the citizens of Arlington have been duped by the greediest, richest people in the land grab business. 

Three months prior to the election, Arlington's highest elected official requested a 'one-on-one' closed door meeting (so that this meeting could be denied in the future) and in this meeting I was asked if 'my people' would be willing to 'donate' our property to this project. I was stopped 'dead in my tracks' on how to respond to such a request. Those of us paying for this monster will never be able to afford to go see a single game. 

I don't think they ever believed that my wife and I and another owner would be willing or able to carry this out this far without 'throwing in the towel.' But we are prepared to ride this out until we are victorious!! They have illegally made law to benefit a specific person or entity, law that if you or I requested to use ourselves, would be told this would be illegal to do. But we are dealing with a portion of society that believes that they are above the law and us 'peons' of the world.

This process is just now reaching the level of the first appellate jurisdiction. I am not a lawyer so my understanding of the levels is limited. I am told that after this level is passed, the parties go on to the final level, appeals to the state supreme court, at which we will appeal using a precedent case. 

I am told many get discouraged by the time they reach this level. My resolve just seems to strengthen
as this reaches new levels.

Charlie S.
Arlington, Texas

Eyes on Texas: As these cases progress to venues outside Texas one can't help but wonder if these civil lawsuits might end up evolving into criminal charges of conspiracy being brought against Jerry Jones and his co-conspirators in Arlington. What jury outside Texas would not agree that what was done was a criminal act? If Mother Nature did what Jerry Jones did it would be seen as a disaster. If an individual wreaked such damage on so many people, without the benefit of abusing the law to do so, that person would be arrested and likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Which is where Jerry Jones and his co-conspirators need to be.

Is anything being done to right this bizarrely shocking wrong? What if an individual forced hundreds of people out of their homes, paying them what he arbitrarily thought was fair market value, with the victims having no say in the matter, as if being robbed at gunpoint, then destroying their homes. Would this not be considered an outrageous crime of the most despicable sort? To do this to build a football stadium? Where is the conscience of these people? I'm not much of a Christian, but I do believe in a lot of what is attributed to Jesus---"what you do to the weakest of my brethren, you do to me."  In the Buckle of the Bible Belt was there not a Christian anywhere who acted on the behalf of Jesus to protect those who could not protect themselves from this predatory outrage? Is it too late for a clever lawyer somewhere in the nation, a lawyer with a conscience and with a clear feeling of what is right and wrong, to bring some sort of civil, if not criminal charges, against the perpetrators of this crime? Including the mayor of Arlington and the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. Seems for certain if an individual committed this crime, that person would be looking at life in prison. And a huge fine. That this crime was committed while hiding behind the cover of a likely corrupt local government does not make it any less a crime. This stadium needs to be razed to the ground and the land returned to its owners. 

Alan S.
Tempe, Arizona

The Cowboy Colosseum
On Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the North Texas Commission's annual membership meeting, held in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones opined regarding his new stadium, "It happens to be the biggest stadium on Planet Earth. This is the Colosseum of Rome in sports. Size does have something to do with it. This building, it does have the opportunity to be, I guess, next to the White House or the Capitol."

Below are excerpts from 2 letters to the editor that appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Saturday, September 22, 2007.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones couldn't have been more correct when he compared his new stadium in Arlington to the Colosseum in Rome.

When the Colosseum was built, the citizens of Rome had become soft and lazy and were demanding more entitlements and more ghastly forms of entertainment. The Roman Senate had become totally corrupt, and political influence was openly bought and sold in the forum. I'm reminded of the recent exploits of such politicians as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Rep. Duke Cunningham.

Rome had extended its legions far beyond their capacity to protect the homeland, which allowed tribes from the north to sweep down, conquer and take what they wanted with minimal resistance. 

The comparisons go on and on, but I hope the point has been made. I love our country and fervently pray that someday the ruins of the Cowboys stadium, like the Colosseum, will not stand as a bleak monument to a nation that was destroyed by its excess.

Don Martin,

Jones compares the "Cluck Dome" in Arlington to the Colosseum in Rome? The stadium in Rome has been standing for more than 2,000 years. I'll bet that Jones or his son Stephen will be demanding a new stadium at taxpayer expense by 2020 because new technology will have made the "Cluck Dome" obsolete.

Peter Garland

Eyes on Texas: For those wondering why "Cluck Dome"? The mayor of Arlington, Texas is Robert Cluck. Robert Cluck lobbied long and hard to get the people of Arlington to go along with the Dallas Cowboy's plan for doing drastic urban renewal in his city. 

It seems Arlington Mayor Cluck has come to realize that Arlington's outrageous misuse of eminent domain to acquire land for a football stadium may do harm to Arlington's reputation in other parts of the nation. At a Mayor's breakfast the issue of what to do with the closed Six Flags Mall was discussed. An Arlington native suggested to Mayor Cluck that eminent domain be used to condemn the mall. Mayor Cluck looked a bit stricken by the suggestion and declared something along the line of "No, we will not be using eminent domain anymore".

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Source: Letters to the Editor, January 31, 2008 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Diners’ Lament
When professional football robs mom-and-pop businesses, something’s wrong. 

When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decided to build a monument to himself in Arlington, construction activity made it very difficult for our favorite non-franchise restaurant to stay in business. 

For 20 years, my husband and I have enjoyed the delicious food and quiet atmosphere at a particular restaurant in Arlington. 

To accommodate projected traffic going to and from Jerry’s behemoth stadium, reconstruction of the Interstate 30-Collins Street interchange has made it very inconvenient for us and other customers to support one of Arlington’s few fine restaurants. 

I hope Jones is happy with his Cowboys. I hope he’ll sleep well knowing the adverse affect he’s having on the dining community in Arlington. 

Ann Schrader, 
Shame on you Mayor Cluck for taking those old people and poor people’s homes to build a football stadium! Who is he to Judge them? It does not seem right to me, I mean for a non public building. Oh wait, It belongs to the city for a few years and then it is “sold to the Cowboys”. Then the city gets the money after charging us to build it. I wish I could find a deal as good as that one. No, I wouldn’t do it. Jesus is watching me and I don’t want to have to answer for that one.

I am a long time Arlington resident. I am a working man in a working class neighborhood. I raised my kids here. All three are grown and none of them chose to stay in Arlington. I guess Arlington taught them a thing or two.

I feel a little better after writing; you see the city did not steal my home for Jerry. Now where do we go from here? It is a done deal. I can speak for my self. I tell all my friends. I vote against Mayor Cluck and vote NO every time the city wants money. I did that today. Don’t worry about me going to a football game. I am a working class man and I won’t even be able to afford the tickets and parking with the new rates.

Mark D.
South Arlington, Texas

I do not feel the land for the new Cowboy Stadium was acquired in any way that hurt anybody. The land and homes that were acquired were all run down and the area was just plain ugly. There was no pride of ownership in the area before so why is everybody mad. They were all given a minimum of 20,000.00 above the fair market value of their homes. The renters in the area were also given 5,000.00 plus moving expenses as well. This is more money than they would have ever been paid for their homes. 

Everybody always wants to receive some sort of money windfall and these people received one. Now everybody across the world is talking like it is some sort of crime, well it isn’t. All those people are doing fine and we here in the DFW area are excited about the new Stadium. I would rather park my car in this area than anywhere around the Dallas fair Park area like some bone head stated. 

I owned a home in Arlington Texas and the land values were dropping. The schools, shopping and hospitals were horrible everybody was rude and did not care about anything but themselves and spreading gossip. Most of the town only cared about “drama” if there was no “drama” in their live they would not know how to function. Thank You.

Bill C.
I just moved to Denton Texas from Arlington Texas

Eyes on Texas: You sound like a very compassionate Texan. The Texan in the letter to the right seems to have quite a different point of view regarding what happened to the area you think to have been run down and ugly.

Source: Letters to the Editor, December 28, 2006 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

An old joke tells of an elderly man who approaches a young woman at a party and asks her if she'd sleep with him for a million dollars. "Sure," she giggles. When he asks if she'd sleep with him for $1, she indignantly asks: "What kind of girl do you think I am?" The old man replies: "That's already been established. Now we're just haggling over the price."

So Arlington wasn't satisfied with simply forcing some of its most long-term and loyal residents to relocate to make way for a new football stadium. Now the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau is selling small bags of dirt from the construction site for $1 each.

This means that land that once bore the feet of children at play, land that each spring gave birth to the brilliant colors of hundreds of wildflowers, land on which people lived and worked and dreamed and fought and wept and laughed for decades, land that heard the sweet sound of songbirds, land that felt the rumble of lawn mowers and the brush of garden rakes, land that witnessed the thrill of first loves and knew the step of first-time parents carrying home their tiny bundles and supported the last steps on this earth of countless mean, women and children---this land that was home for so many for so long---has been reduced to a souvenir.

Hey, Arlington, the kind of city you are has already been established. Now we're just watching to see exactly what you're willing to do for the money.

L. Edward Smith II
son-in-law of Evelyn Wray, the last homeowner to vacate her property for stadium construction
Alvarado, Texas

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So. I read in the NY Times this morning that Dallas is going to make a bid for the 2011 Super Bowl. To atone for this most despicable abuse of eminent domain I've ever read about will the Cowboys be giving free game tickets to the victims of this atrocity? Will former homeowners be able to park for free on the site of their former driveways? Will there be a historical marker on the spot where the home was located of the elderly lady who died of a broken heart in her condemned home? 

Seth M.
Jersey City, New Jersey

I am one of the victims of the Cowboy greed and insensitivity. Thank you so much for putting such a clear voice to the pain so many of us have suffered. Many of us felt so abandoned by the community, there seemed to be no one speaking up for us and what was being done to us. I am still not back to feeling settled and secure. I feel like I'm the victim of a crime, like I have been burglarized, vandalized and raped, with everyone ignoring the crime with the criminals using the corrupt Texas legal system to declare WAR on people's lives and homes. What if it were the homes of the football players and owners that were destroyed? How would they feel about that? The law is supposed to protect the weakest among us, that is what it is supposed to do, not allow the strongest and richest among us to bring destruction to those with no resources to fight back. 

Anonymous out of Fear
Mansfield, Texas

I owned a house that was in the Cowboy Stadium buyout and still have not settled with the city. I also own and live in a house less than 1/2 mile west of the Stadium site. I'll be delighted if the entire neighborhood south of Randol Mill, west of Collins, north of Division St and east of Center St is mowed down and they put up a parking lot. I say, run the crackheads that roam those streets, out of town. Check out the crime stats for that area, they indicate some of the highest percentages in Arlington! I think that the Dallas Cowboy Stadium can only help this part of town. I can't imagine how it could get worse?! 

Kelli T.
Arlington, Texas

Record breaking rains of June have flooded much of North Texas, including Six Flags, which was forced to evacuate due to Johnson Creek over flowing its banks. Johnson Creek borders the area razed for the Cowboy Stadium. It will be interesting to see how the Cowboy Stadium parking lots affect this flood prone zone.  Of course there is a multi-million dollar proposal to fix the Johnson Creek problem prior to the Cowboy asphalt being poured. We'll see if that happens before a Biblical flood of epic proportions wreaks havoc.

Wade H.
Grand Prairie, Texas

Source: Letters to the Editor, February 14, 2007 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Skewed Sentiments
The tearful owner of the Dallas Cowboys stood before TV cameras on Thursday to announce his new head coach. How unfortunate that he couldn't muster that same tender-hearted compassion before he and the leaders of Arlington conspired to displace all those families and flatten their homes and memories for his new stadium.

For crying out loud (no pun intended), he's emotional about announcing the coach? I think some of the chromosomes that control his feelings are turned sideways. He needs to take an aspirin and call Dr. Laura for an appointment to get his sentiments prioritized.

J.T. Rayburn
Euless, Texas


And now they want the Super Bowl to be in Arlington. On the local radio last week, I heard the NFL wants just one more little thing guaranteed before they will consider this proposal. They want the bars to be open until 4 AM after the game. But, Texas state law prohibits the sale of alcohol after 2:00 AM. Guess we'll just have to pass a "special law" that will allow bars in the DFW metroplex to stay open until 4:00 AM. Or, should we extend that throughout the state? I suggest we also change our "Public Intoxication" and DWI laws just for this one day so that the drunken celebrants of the multi-millionaires club otherwise known as the NFL won't be inconvenienced by our local law enforcement officers. 

What a crock.

Dave Farrar
Highland Village, TX

Eyes on Texas: May 22,2007, Dallas won its bid to host the Super Bowl. Only now that a sucker (Arlington) was found to pay for it the headline in the local paper was "NORTH TEXAS WINS SUPER BOWL BID".

This destruction in Texas is the worst abuse of eminent domain I have ever read about. Such a thing could never happen in my state.

Del S.
Portland, Oregon

Have any of the elderly who were forced to move suffered heart attacks or strokes from the stress of this outrage?

Sally M.
Chandler, AZ

Eyes on Texas: We only know what we've read in the local papers. So far we've read of no heart attacks, just plenty of heart ache and one death*.

*Read Dallas Morning News stories about the Cowboy Stadium Project, including  Maria Villarreal's story, an 82 year who died before she could move from her condemned home, which was the last to be destroyed in her neighborhood.

I have visited the Dallas, Fort Worth area. I remember being surprised at how much open land there was in such a heavily populated urban area. So, why would they build a stadium in an area where so many people lived and so many business existed? This makes no sense to me.

Jim F.
Chicago, Illinois

Eyes on Texas: It makes no sense to us either. Which is why we've webpaged what we've seen and been shocked by.

You must not believe in progress and hate anything new.

David H.
Mansfield, Texas

Eyes on Texas: Yes, that must be it.

It shocks me that this can happen in America. It reminds me of the type of disregard for human rights that my former nation of East Germany practiced. 

Gunther H.
Berlin, Germany

I have attended more than a dozen Super Bowls. I will never attend a football game in this stadium in Arlington. What a shameful way to go about building a new stadium.

Peter B.
Schenectady, New York

Eyes on Texas: Well, it appears you will not be able to attend the 2011 Super Bowl. It is going to be held in the billion dollar monument to greed and insensitivity with its stunning views of the world's most deluxe Super Wal-Mart.

Outrageous. Totally outrageous. You can't help but wonder though, has there been outrage expressed where this is happening? 

Dennis M.
New Westminister, British Columbia

Eyes on Texas: Well we are very near to where this is happening and we've done our best to express our outrage.

I live in Arlington and I voted no on the stadium. Thanks for showing the rest of the world what has happened here. I  resent that my taxes have gone up to pay for this thing. Maybe it's time to move.

Martha F.
Arlington, Texas

With the Six Flags Over Texas parking lot, plus the Texas Ranger's Ballpark parking lot, plus the new Dallas Cowboy's parking lot, all contiguous, is Arlington maybe trying to get in the Guinness Book of Records for the World's Biggest Parking Lot?

Gerry S.
Bedford, Texas

Eyes on Texas: To break the record the parking lot at the Super Wal-Mart would need to be included. Guinness has not ruled as yet if the parking lot collection is a new world record.

I can't imagine how awful it would feel to be violated in this way, as bad if not worse than being burglarized or mugged, to be ripped out of your home, what a horribly traumatic thing. If it were for some project needed for the public good it might somewhat mitigate the pain, but to do this to people for a sports building? How would those football players or the owners of that football team or any of the politicians who pushed this project feel if it were they who were forced out of their homes?

Patty M.
Denver, Colorado


America's Team? When the Cowboy's owner demanded a new stadium to replace the existing one, that being a stadium that also is not in Dallas, but in Irving, Dallas could not come up with a plan to build a new stadium, even with a badly run-down Cotton Bowl blighting an other wise beautiful Fair Park, providing the perfect location and a potential huge boost to downtown Dallas. So with Dallas not wanting the Cowboys, the small town of Arlington voted to build the new stadium. So, when it comes to paying for and building a house for the Cowboys they are not only not America's Team, they are not North Texas's team, they are not the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplexes team, they are not Dallas's team, they are Arlington's team. 

D. S.
Fort Worth, Texas

Eyes on Texas: As of May 22, 2011 winning Super Bowl bid has the Cowboys are back being North Texas' team, at least according to the local papers. We doubt they will ever be America's Team again. America as a whole has a pretty strong sense of right and wrong, of justice and fairness. We get between 3-5000 visitors a day to these pages. We're gradually showing America what was done by the Dallas Cowboys in order to get a new stadium. 

Regarding the person from Texas who made the point that when paying for a new stadium the Cowboys are pretty much a team without a town and seeing you've pointed out how Seattle built two stadiums, adjacent, without displacing any Seattleites from their homes, I thought you might be interested in how the new Seattle stadium was funded, as compared to the Cowboy stadium.  First off, in a referendum the entire state voted on the stadium proposal. The principle behind the funding method was that the cost should be primarily born by those who benefited, i.e. football fans and the team owner. With owner Paul Allen responsible for 1/3 (plus any overruns) and the public covered 2/3's of the estimated cost. The public portion was funded via a special sports lottery game, parking and admissions taxes at the facility, a portion of the state sales tax collected in King County (where Seattle is) and a hotel/motel tax in King County.

It is baffling to me that the funding for the Cowboy Stadium fell on one municipality. I've been to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The population of that urban area is about the same as the entire state of Washington. You'd think that since a new stadium benefited the entire region that the entire region would have been involved in the process. How in the world were those people convinced to vote for such a proposal?

William G.
Seattle, Washington

Checked out the Cowboy Stadium and Scarbo Faire stuff, I can only say that you live in a CRAZY place. Are they all just totally nuts in Texas?????

Michele S.
Tacoma, Washington

Eyes on Texas: There are somewhere around 23 million Texans. It is highly unlikely that all Texans are totally nuts.

We have a long history in the Dallas area of taking people's homes away from them and selling the land to a private business. When a mall in Hurst wanted to expand, private homes were taken by eminent domain. When Radio Shack wanted to build a new corporate headquarters the land under a housing project called Ripley Arnold was needed and so hundreds of low income people were moved out so a corporate palace could be built. Radio Shack eased its troubled conscience by giving the poor people computers. I suspect they would have rather just been left alone in their homes.

Suzanne R.
Dallas, Texas

My country suffered manmade damage like this Dallas Cowboy Hurricane from another form of grabbing land from people and destroying lives. It is known now as World War II and came to us courtesy of German fascists. This American practice of eminent domain seems like a form of fascism to me and seems to me this would be the type thing America's much talked about "freedoms" would protect its people from. Shouldn't you be free from the threat of having your house taken from you by greedy capitalists?

Petra W.
Warsaw, Poland 

Eyes on Texas: Oh, what do you know about football you soccer loving Commie? And we agree this scandalous misuse of eminent domain does smack of fascism, does seem un-American and does seem to violate one of our nation's founding principles, that being the right to be left alone.

Building this ball park in this way is like building on a graveyard. It's just wrong. The point you make comparing this to hurricane/tornado type damage seems very apt. We'd do anything possible to prevent damage from an incoming hurricane. But it is okay to force hundreds or is it thousands of people from their homes and businesses and then to level the buildings just like the worst of Mother Nature's tantrums. I know Texas is not the only place in the U.S. that this takes place, but this is the worst example I've read of. So wrong.

Don H.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

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