Cowboys Stadium’s flaw not in Lucas County ArenaWritten by Matt Sussman | | email@example.com
Back in March on our blog (which enjoyed a very relaxing summer vacation), I warned the Lucas County Arena architects to ensure that the Bullfrogs punter, whoever he may be, will have room to actually kick the ball, after having seen punts hit an overhead scoreboard during a game in Muskegon, Mich. The TFP later learned that, yes, the Arena builders were not that dumb. They will not have an overhead scoreboard at all, thereby protecting the sanctity of fourth down.
Unfortunately, creators of the extravagant Cowboys Stadium didn’t think of this. In an NFL preseason game last week, Tennessee Titans punter A.J. Trapasso, an Ohio State grad, hit the underbelly of the absolutely ginormous video screen. In response, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that they won’t raise the behemoth at all, since the only way a punter could hit the screen is if he was trying to. Or, I guess, if his name’s A.J. Trapasso.
I bet the Cowboys dissenters can’t help but smirk over this potential disaster, considering $1.2 billion was spent on their brand new facility that opened in June. It’s kind of like watching Donald Trump’s car being towed out of an illegal parking space. You know it won’t affect him in the long run, but for the common man, it’s better than pay-per-view.
(Sidebar: While researching how much the Cowboys Stadium cost, I Googled “Cowboys Stadium million” and the result was “did you mean: Cowboys Stadium billion?” Why, I guess I did.)
Hey, not every stadium was built perfectly. AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, realized on Opening Day they forgot to build the bullpens. The New Yankee Stadium is currently trying to figure out how to curb the epidemic of home runs to right field. And Ford Field accidentally let the Detroit Lions play there, rather than a good NFL team. Mistakes happen.
But one thing’s for sure. The new Lucas County Arena will not have the same problem Cowboys Stadium may have to address during the season, if future punts clank off that huge video screen dubbed the JerryTron. But there are always unforeseen faults in a new building that can only be discovered with a dress rehearsal. Some of you may remember when Savage Arena was renovated, the 20-ounce soda bottles they sold didn’t fit in their armrests.
Here’s my suggestion. Run a beta test. Invite two teams to play arena football on the field. (Hey, the parent league isn’t exactly playing. It’s not like there aren’t people available for this.) Perhaps bring in some members of the media to cover the game, for the purposes of testing out the press box. Invite a few hundred fans and even a blogger from the Toledo Free Press to live blog it.
That way, when Lucas County Arena debuts, there will be guaranteed no embarrassing headlines such as “Arena forgets to buy kickoff tees,” “Media gets obstructed view from press box” or “Lucas County Arena accidentally new home of Detroit Lions.”