Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has ordered the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys football team to release preliminary drawings for its new $625-million stadium in Arlington, ending the team's fight to keep the plans secret. The Cowboys had resisted release of the plans, now on view at city hall, saying the move would make the complex vulnerable to terrorist attacks and cause the team competitive harm. "The attorney general concluded that the documents sought did not reveal such information because they were very preliminary in nature and contained little detailed information," says Joe Dirik, a lawyer with the Dallas office of Jenkens & Gilchrist PC. The Nov. 7 ruling, upholding the Texas Public Information Act, means Arlington taxpayers, who are funding half the cost of the complex, can see what they are paying for. The city and the Cowboys had an opportunity to challenge the ruling but did not. The stadium is scheduled for a 2009 completion.
Dallas Cowboys Lose Fight to Keep Stadium Plans Secret
November 20, 2006