Same place, new name.Not Jerry World. Not Cowboys Stadium.Try AT&T Stadium.On July 25, Cowboys Stadium was renamed AT&T Stadium.The name change will be reflected in substantial signage updates throughout the upcoming season, prominently featuring AT&T, both inside and outside the stadium.The move will double the capacity of the Wi-Fi network inside AT&T Stadium and will enhance the Cowboys’ mobile app with maps to improve the fan experience on game days.“This was clearly the right company for us to move forward with. What greater icon in America than AT&T?” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “You know, we’re pretty proud to be called ‘America’s Team.’ And so whose name would fit better [with the Cowboys] than AT&T?”Jones said it’s important to do innovative things to improve the stadium experience. He believes the AT&T deal with help them do that. It should also help the NFL as it raises the bar for other teams.“We’ve got to protect the game,” Jones said. “You need it as exciting and as cutting edge and interesting as you can. That’s where we’ll spend the money. ... There’s not room for another center-hung scoreboard but we’ll be coming up with things that make it a fan experience.”Ground breakerCharlotte Jones Anderson, daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president and chief brand officer for the club, is the chairman of the National Football League Foundation. Anderson is the first woman to serve in this capacity for an NFL charitable institution and the first woman to represent club ownership as leader of a major professional sports league foundation.The NFL Foundation was launched in December 2012 following the restructuring of the league’s previous charitable arms — NFL Charities and NFL Youth Football Fund. The foundation is a non-profit organization representing the 32 teams. It supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support the game.Seeing in ‘FreeD’NBC Sports and the Dallas Cowboys are working with Replay Technologies Inc. to provide a unique, new 360-degree “FreeD” look at red-zone plays for viewers watching NBC football telecasts and fans at the game in AT&T Stadium in Arlington.“FreeD” (free dimensional video) will debut during the Sunday Night Football opener this weekend between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. NBC Sports will use the system for the Oct. 5 Notre Dame-Arizona State game, and the Oct. 13 Redskins-Cowboys SNF game (in addition to any Cowboys home games flexed into prime time) at AT&T Stadium. Fans in the stadium will also see “FreeD” replays on the scoreboard at all home games as well as on Cowboys’ local programming during the season.The “FreeD” system will utilize 24 high-speed cameras mounted in the stadium — placed on both sides of the field from the 20-yard line to the goal line and in the back of each end zone — to provide replays of key red-zone plays from a 360-degree perspective. Carrying the tuneDeMarcus Ware will be one of 13 NFL players who will join six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, the opening theme for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.Underwood makes her debut when the Cowboys host the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.The theme song is set to what was originally the Joan Jett song I Hate Myself for Loving You and marks Underwood’s first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-2012, the song was performed by country singer Faith Hill. In 2006, the inaugural season of Sunday Night Football, Pink performed the open.Bagging itThe NFL will limit the size and type of bags that may be brought into league stadiums, including AT&T Stadium, this season.Permissible items:• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).• Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options.• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.Prohibited items include but are not limited to:• Purses larger than a clutch bag.• Coolers.• Briefcases• Backpacks.• Fanny packs.• Cinch bags.• Seat cushions.• Luggage of any kind.• Computer bags.• Camera bags• Any bag larger than the permissible sizeSack awardBeginning this season, the player will the most sacks will be presented with the “Deacon Jones Award.”Jones, who died June 3 at the age of 74, was one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. Jones was a fixture at defensive end from 1961-74 with the Rams, Chargers and Redskins, earning unanimous All-League honors in five consecutive seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.United againThe National Football League is celebrating its 40th year of partnership with United Way this season.Pro Football Hall of Famers Roger Staubach of Dallas and Franco Harris of Pittsburgh will serve as the co-chairs this season.Since 1973, the NFL and United Way have worked together to promote the importance of volunteering in local communities while showcasing the community service activities of the NFL, its clubs and players.Ribbon gamesAll NFL teams will wear a pink ribbon decal on their helmets to celebrate A Crucial Catch and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Weeks 5 and 6. Select clubs will host A Crucial Catch games in Week 7.Also, all teams will wear a camouflage ribbon decal on their helmets to celebrate Salute to Service games during Weeks 10 and 11. Select clubs will host Salute to Service games in Week 12.
Baby, it’s cold outside
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It’ll be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather climate and the first in the New York/New Jersey area.
The coldest outdoor Super Bowl kickoff temperature in NFL history was 39 degrees at Super Bowl VI on Jan. 16, 1972, when Dallas beat Miami 24-3 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
“The Sneakers Game” (1934 NFL Championship Game: New York Giants 30, Chicago 13); “The Ice Bowl” (1967 NFL Championship Game: Green Bay 21, Dallas 17); and “The Freezer Bowl” (1981 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati 27, San Diego 7) are among the NFL’s most memorable non-Super Bowl championship games that have taken place outside in frigid conditions.
Here’s a look at the coldest Super Bowl games in league history:
|Super Bowl||Date||Winner||Loser||Score||Host city||Temp.|
|VI||Jan. 16, 1972||Dallas||Miami||24-3||New Orleans||39|
|IX||Jan. 12, 1975||Pittsburgh||Minnesota||16-6||New Orleans||46|
|VIII||Jan. 13, 1974||Miami||Minnesota||24-7||Houston||50|
|XIX||Jan. 20, 1985||San Francisco||Miami||38-15||Stanford, Calif.||53|
|X||Jan. 18, 1976||Pittsburgh||Dallas||21-17||Miami, FL||57|
Future Super Bowls
XLVIII: Feb. 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey
XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015, University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona
L: Feb. 7, 2016*, Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco, California
LI: Feb. 5, 2017*, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
* Tentative date
Sept. 5, 8-9: Kickoff Weekend
October 29: Trade deadline
Dec. 29: End of regular season
Jan. 4-5: Wild Card playoffs
Jan. 11-12: Divisional playoffs
Jan. 19: Conference Championships
Jan. 26: Pro Bowl _ Honolulu, Hawaii (NBC)
Feb. 2: Super Bowl XLVIII, New York/New Jersey, MetLife Stadium, (FOX)
Feb. 18-25: NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Ind.
May 8-10: NFL Draft, New York, NY