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Stadium manager involved in Super Bowl seating mess leaving Cowboys

Jack Hill, the stadium manager for Cowboys Stadium, has resigned and will leave the position on June 1 to pursue other professional opportunities.

"I had two very good seasons with Cowboys Stadium," Hill said. "But it's time to pursue the next challenge."

Hill joined the Cowboys project in February 2005 to manage the development and construction of the team's new home in Arlington.

He oversaw the $1.2 billion project starting with the excavation of a 50-foot deep hole that would become the field. Hill was the public face for the project, often taking local officials, celebrities and the media on tours of the construction site.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Hill had done a phenomenal job and he was not surprised that Hill had decided to resign.

"At some point, he probably missed building," Jones said. "Our family has such a tremendous amount of respect for Jack and always will."

Jones said that the organization has started the process to find a replacement for Hill but is confident that its stadium staff will be able to manage the events scheduled for the stadium during this off-season.

Hill also handled the transformation of the stadium for Super Bowl XLV.

Documents from the city of Arlington showed Hill asking for the permits for the temporary seating for the stadium and assuring city officials that extra workers were on the job and that it would be completed on time.

About 1,250 seats were not used on game day because of numerous minor code violations. Most fans were accommodated, but at least 400 fans didn't get a seat at all and are suing the NFL and the Cowboys.

Hill and Jones said that the seating incident at the Super Bowl was not part of Hill's decision to leave his stadium position.

In addition overseeing the building of Cowboys Stadium, Hill was the construction manager for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and American Airlines Center. With no more major sports venues to build in North Texas, Hill declined to say what project he may take on next.

"My passion and my degree has been on the development and construction side and that's what I enjoy doing," Hill said, adding that his time at the stadium has been "a good run."

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7613

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