The Big Schooner on the Prairie

November 20, 2009 – I came across this structure just off I-80 west of Lincoln, Nebraska. It looked like a giant prairie schooner wagon from the distance but as I got closer I thought it might be some kind of nostalgic diner. I didn’t smell any breakfast cooking on the griddle but noticed that Dan apparently runs this outfit where you can get your golf wheels fixed and possibly a smorgasbord of other golf options as well. Some things just make sense after careful observation but I still don’t understand this one. It just is, out on the prairie.


Cowboys Stadium


This stadium will host Super Bowl XLV in 2011.  It will also host the 2009 Big XII Football Championship and Cotton Bowl, the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and the 2014 men’s Final Four.  For the cost of 1 billion, it is a beautiful piece of architecture that can be seen from miles away.


Texas Stadium


Texas Stadium was the home field for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys for 36 years.  It opened on October 24, 1971  in Irving, TX at a cost of $35 million and had a seating capacity of 65,600.  It was a major venue for high school football in the months of November and December, has hosted neutral-site college football games and was formerly the home to the SMU Mustangs in the 80’s.  The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the NFL’s most popular and most-televised teams, frequently beaming their stadium into many of the nation’s living rooms.  The roof is structurally independent from the stadium it covers and the hole in the roof was the most striking difference with other NFL facilities.  The truth of the old joke that the hole is there “so God can watch his favorite football team play” has never been confirmed, but the partial roof combines an outdoor atmosphere with an indoor environment and did a decent job of protecting fans from inclement conditions.  It’s ironic that when you pass this stadium today it’s easy to not see it’s significance unlike the new Cowboys Stadium facility in Arlington, TX.