Cowboys Stadium gets ready for March Madness regional



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Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:25 AM

ARLINGTON — It's been the home of Dallas Cowboys football, the NBA All-Star Game, professional boxing, and even monster truck shows.

Soon, you can add the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional &mash; the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

Think of it as a warm-up for next year, when North Texas will host the Final Four.

“We can learn from this and apply that next year,” said Dallas Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels.

The University of Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the South region, and if the team makes it to Arlington, it could feel like more than a warm-up here in Big 12 country.

The first two games are one week from Friday, with the winners facing off on Sunday.

Right now, the Cowboys expect attendance to be in the mid-30,000 range, and there is currently no plan to use the stadium’s upper bowl. But if Kansas meets expectations, that could change.

"They've got a great following. I know all their fans went to New Orleans last year for the finals — packed the city down there," Daniels said. "I would expect the same kind of following here."

Workers are currently installing a 16,000-seat system (owned by the NCAA) on the field level.

"There's about 60 people working seven days a week," Daniels said. "It will take about 12 days to be completed."

The same seating system they're putting in will be back next year for the Final Four, hopefully making things easier the second time around.