Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stood at the podium on Tuesday, proud to see his stadium at the epicenter of the sports world this week. Super Bowl XLV week is here and Jones, whose Cowboys Stadium is hosting the game, conducted a press conference on Tuesday addressing a number of issues.
Jones said his goal was to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium but, after the first six or seven Cowboys games this year, he realized that wouldn't be happening. Instead, it's the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers meeting on Sunday.
Jones noted that Cowboys Stadium doesn't have a naming sponsor yet but he enjoys seeing all the media coverage this week mentioning his stadium. And that stadium, by the way, is pretty incredible. We took in Media Day at the stadium and it's a sight to be seen.
Jones said when he was building the stadium he had the future in mind and that future included Super Bowls. On the retractable roof, which helps put them in line for a Super Bowl, he said, "It needed to be as closed as it can be while feeling like you're outside." He said it was important to make the folks on TV feel like they want to be in that game atmosphere.
Also on the stadium, he made some interesting comments relating to the current labor situation. Jones said he started building the stadium and the economy started to go down the tank. Most people, he said, would begin to cut costs. He actually ramped things up at that point, he says, because he was confident a new labor deal would be struck and it would encourage building stadiums like his.
Even though his team isn't playing, Jones talked briefly about the success of the Steelers and Packers this year.
On the Steelers, Jones lauded their ability to stay the course throughout the years. "They take what they're dealt, draft them and play them, " he said.
On the Packers, he said, "I like the way they played with players they weren't planning on playing with injuries." That's of course a nod to the ridiculous number of injuries the Packers suffered throughout the season.