NFL bringin its 'Big D' to Dal­las' house

April 26-28 draft will be the first league has ever staged in a sta­dium.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Barry Wilner

Big D is about to stand for some­thing other than Dal­las.

The NFL is bring­ing its Big D — the draft — to Jerry Jones’ palace. This draft, the first in a sta­dium, will pay homage in so many ways to the cliche that ev­ery­thing is big­ger in Texas.

Ever since the league de­cided to put the draft up for bids and move it around the coun­try, the fo­cus has been to make it grow even larger than the cot­tage in­dus­try it has be­come.

From an his­toric the­ater set­ting in Chicago, with Grant Park as the back­drop, to the front yard of the iconic Philadelphia Art Mu­seum with the Rocky statue atop its steps, the picks have be­come an ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the sur­round­ings as much as a process in team build­ing.

Now, the draft en­ters a build­ing that can hold 100,000 peo­ple, though ca­pac­ity has been set at 20,000 in­side for the April 26-28 pro­ceed­ings.

Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent

AL­LI­SON V. SMITH / THE NEW YORK TIMES 2015

The Dal­las Cow­boys’ field as seen from the owner’s suite at AT&T Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, Dec. 18, 2015. On April 26-28, it will host the NFL draft.

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