By way of a Super Bowl XLV preview, The New York Times's Sports section features a front-page piece on the Allen Eagles' $60-million football stadium, to which The Wall Street Journal has already given its stamp of approval. Greg Bishop talks to Allen athletic director Steve Williams about all the neato things the stadium will will have when it opens, sometime 'round August 2012:
It will hold 18,000 spectators in a sunken bowl designed to improve sightlines. But that is not all, certainly not here. The stadium also will include a two-tier press box, an indoor golf practice area, a high-definition video scoreboard, a practice room for wrestling, and enough parking for every car in Dallas, or close.
"Look, football has always been a big deal here," Williams said. "This is Texas. But this bond project is about much more than football. It's about our school, our community."
"It's about tra-di-tion," he added, accentuating the syllables.
Also in this morning's Times, a list of to-do's for folks in town for the big game courtesy Travel + Leisure's Stirling Kelso. And if Phillip Jones can't say "Bishop Arts," Kelso can:
Travelers who tend to put Dallas at the bottom of their Texas bucket list probably haven't been to the Bishop Arts district, where cyclists outnumber drivers, pedestrians stroll past historic buildings and the words "local," "artisan" and "crafted" slip their way into conversations over dinners that begin with regionally grown greens and fine wines. Since October, five restaurants and four stores have opened, each owned by chefs and merchants as passionate and proud of their Oak Cliff neighborhood as they are of their individual endeavors.
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Which reminds me: When I was at Eno's, like, a year ago, I had my first sip of delicious Franconia beer. Which is brewed in McKinney. Which is more "local" than Shiner, Dallas Morning News editorial board. Also: My e-mail in-box and Facebook friends tell me Rahr & Sons, in Fort Worth, also isn't very happy with you, Dallas Morning News editorial board. Like, Parkland-unhappy.