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2011 Super Bowl awarded to Cowboys’ new stadium

May 23, 2007

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— The 2011 Super Bowl will be played at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, Texas, where more than 100,000 fans will be able to watch the NFL's showpiece game.

NFL owners voted Tuesday for the North Texas group, which had Hall of Famer Roger Staubach lobbying on its behalf. The Cowboys' $1 billion stadium will open in 2009 and will have about 27,000 more seats than those in Indianapolis or Arizona - the other finalists.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the actual crowd ticketed at the game could reach 120,000, with fans being able to watch video screens at each end zone.

"Everyone has always told me, 'I wish we could get more fans in the Super Bowl. I wish we could do that,'" he said. "I think the fact we can have 100,000 people in the stadium is important because it includes that many more people in our biggest event in the NFL."

During the NFL's one-day spring meeting, commissioner Roger Goodell:

l Met with owners to review medical standards for managing concussions. That means protecting anyone who anonymously reports doctors pressured to clear players or players pressured to play.

l Said the league would work with the players' union, the NFL Retired Players Association, NFL Alumni Association, NFL Charities and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in an alliance to coordinate medical support for former players.

l Briefed owners on paring down the time it takes to complete the first two rounds of the draft. Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney said he didn't think teams needed 15 minutes per pick in the first round.

Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl featured the Colts' domed stadium opening in 2008 and was backed by a Top 10 list by David Letterman with a presentation by Colts coach Tony Dungy. Arizona played host to the 2008 Super Bowl on Feb. 3 and played host to the 1996 Super Bowl in Tempe.

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