Pro football nirvana comes to downtown Dallas

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 10:00 PM

DALLAS — Eight-hundred-fifty thousand square feet of pro football goodness is nearing completion in downtown Dallas.

At the NFL Experience, you can find out how footballs are made... and you can try your hand at quarterback.

The expo officially opens Thursday afternoon at the Dallas Convention Center, and is the NFL's answer to giving you a taste of the Super Bowl even if you don't have a ticket.

Members of the media got a sneak peek on Wednesday, and found that escalators weren't working and not everything was quite ready.

The NFL Experience is part theme park, part museum. But it's the displays — with original football jerseys and old photos — that actually wowed our tour guide.

A huge part of the "experience" is pretending to be an NFL player, actually throwing, kicking and catching footballs.

The event is expect to draw nearly a quarter of a million people over its two-week run.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. The NFL Experience will be open January 27-30 and again February 2-6.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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