News-Telegram Arts Editor Terry Mathews, News Editor Faith Huffman and I went to the grand opening of the new, state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Not only was our experience a tour of the new facility, but a concert headlined by Country King George Strait, too. Before the jealousy begins to course through your veins I'll let you know that - even though it was a once in a lifetime experience - it was a grueling ordeal. Don't believe me? Ask my blistered feet.
I think I walked a total of 8 miles in my not-yet-broken-in cowboy boots (mistake). Mile one: parking. After the entire week of news reports stating there wasn't going to be enough parking for the estimated 60,000 visitors, do we find out that I only have a photo pass which puts me out on the curb after George Strait's second song. Oh yeah, and we only had one parking pass. It was warm in the June sun when I started walking to meet Faith and Terry from my parking spot, but once we got to the box office for our media passes... let's just say that I was cursing myself for wearing a black shirt and boots.
(Keep reading for the entirety of the adventure.)