Cowboys Stadium Uses Enough Energy to Power Small Country

By Connor Muldowney
AT&T Stadium
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The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most unreal stadiums in all of sports. In fact, the HD scoreboard that hangs over the field was once a world-record holder in terms of size. It has since been surpassed, but it has still been so large that it sometimes interferes with the field of play. Two punts have actually been kicked into the oversized high definition television that hangs over midfield and extends from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.

It’s hard to miss a play if you’re at the game because there’s a replay right in your face on a giant-screen TV. Anyway, back to the actual point of talking about AT&T Stadium. There has been a bit of a stir created lately by Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She has been trying to petition the overuse of energy around the world, trying to bring it to people’s attention that there is being energy wasted wherever we look.

In fact, she brought up the Cowboys’ stadium, saying that AT&T Stadium actually uses more energy than the country of 3.7 million people. How accurate was her statement?

Well, Bob Brackett, an energy analyst at Bernstein Research, found did some searching and found that at peak times during game day, the Cowboys’ stadium uses about 10 megawatts of electricity while the entire nation of Liberia doesn’t have the capacity to pump even a third of that amount into its energy grid.

Is this a case of Jerry Jones and his team just being flat-out selfish or a case of Liberia not having a high enough energy capacity? Either way, weird facts galore.

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