Cowboys' team bus is a new star of the road
Feb 19, 2013 at 11:33a ET
The team unveiled its newest acquisition: a 45-foot long luxury motor coach nicknamed "The Elegant Lady." As you'd expect, the white bus with the huge Cowboys star on the side is as tricked-out with elegant touches as Cowboys Stadium.
The bus is a Prevost Marathon Coach and comes in a price range of between $1.5 to $2.5 million, depending on its specific finishing touches.
In pictures and video posted by The Dallas Morning News, the tricked-out interior of the bus indicates the Cowboys spent on the high end of that price range, if not more.
The bus features nine televisions, including one that folds out on the exterior for tailgating. It can seat 20 with three couches, five chairs and a kitchen. The inside is decorated with Cowboys memorabilia, with another large Cowboys star on the floor in case anyone forgets who owns it.
The middle compartment, called the salon, is a place for relaxing with all the amenities of a high-end rec room. In the back is the more office-like state room, where driver Emory Tyler said Jones spends much of his time.
At 13-feet tall and 102-inches wide, the bus makes a scene everywhere it goes, including its debut trip to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. The middle compartment, where Larry Allen was relaxing when he learned of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, slides out almost a foot to provide more leg room for guests.
The bus' refrigerator has been stocked for the team's trip to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. There are also several hidden coolers inside for extra refreshments.
The gas tank holds 225 gallons and the bus gets 8.5 to 9 miles per gallon. The bus already had 4,000 miles on it before departing for Indy.
The Elegant Lady replaces the team's original bus, which remains in service after putting more than 2 million miles on the odometer.
With free agents to woo and corporate types to wine and dine, there's no doubt Jones will get a lot of mileage out of the new bus — even when it's not moving.
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