Sunday, February 28, 2010
Updated: March 1, 10:47 AM ET
Swimming, hockey on Jones' wish list
By Calvin Watkins
Jerry Jones said he wanted to bring big events to Cowboys Stadium, and so far he's delivered.
The Big 12 football championship, AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and NBA All-Star Game have already been held at the $1.2 billion palace during its inaugural year. A boxing match featuring the pound-for-pound best fighter in the business, Manny Pacquiao, will be held March 13 at Cowboys Stadium. And don't forget that Super Bowl XLV is coming next year.
And the Dallas Cowboys owner is far from done thinking big. In fact, Jones said Sunday that he'd like to see World Cup soccer and the NHL Winter Classic in Arlington, Texas, and he's even looked into installing a pool.
Yeah, Jones wants to host a U.S. Olympic swimming event. And of course, he wouldn't mind having Cowboys Stadium host the opening ceremonies for a Summer Olympics.
"Hey, I'll tell you what," Jones said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Truthfully, we are looking at possibly doing one of the big qualifying swimming deals there.''
Jones said Cowboys Stadium could have a massive pool installed.
"We'd fill it full of water," he said. "It would be 300 feet deep. We would build them in there. But we are serious about it, just looking into it.''
If you can put a pool in Cowboys Stadium, you surely can lay down ice.
Jones said he's talked to NHL officials about hosting the annual Winter Classic outdoor game. Boston's Fenway Park was home to the Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins game on New Year's Day, and previous Winter Classics have been played at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
"We could obviously do something like that,' Jones said. "We've had communication with the NHL."
On the soccer front, it was announced in January that Cowboys Stadium would be part of the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.