It's an understatement to say that football is hugely popular in Texas. Texas' first pro team was an AFL team, the Texans, who became the Chiefs when they moved to Kansas. The Cowboys were formed in 1960, and originally played at the Cotton Bowl, located in Dallas, at Fair Park. The Fair Park area has the largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings and art in the US. The Cowboys' first stadium built just for them was Texas Stadium, in Irving, Texas. Its replacement now stands in Arlington, Texas. You can see it from street level, seven miles away in the city of Euless. Here are some facts about this monster homage to the size of Texas' appetite for football:
Stadium Name: Cowboys Stadium
Location: 1 Legends Way, Arlington, Texas 76011
Maximum Capacity: 80,000. Expandable to 100,000+ for special events
Year Built: Construction began on September 20, 2005. Cowboys Stadium was completed May 27, 2009.
Parking: For most events, parking opens five hours prior to the start of the event. There are about 24,000 parking spaces available in the area: 12,000 numbered lots around Cowboys Stadium, and 12,000 lettered lots around Texas Rangers Ballpark that may be used on an event day. Parking is available for oversized vehicles and RVs.
Courtesy Shuttle Carts: If you have limited mobility or are disabled, there is a shuttle service that will take you and one companion from the parking lot to the stadium.
Food: Any major credit or debit card will be accepted at all the concessions in the stadium. There is no shortage of quality food at Cowboys Stadium, if you don't mind paying too much. A soda is $6.50, chicken strips are $8.50, and a 16oz beer comes in at $8.00. You may want to try something outside of the stadium, where your money will go further. Yes, there is barbecue, but also sushi, Mexican, Thai, German, Italian, almost any food type can be found in the DFW area.
Beer: No outside alcohol is allowed in the stadium. There is a two beer limit per transaction, and a two beer limit from the vendors that walk the stadium. Sales in the concourse and seating areas terminate at the end of the third quarter.
Designated Driver Program: If you are the designated driver for your group, stop by Guest Services. They'll give you a "Designated Driver" wrist band and a free bottle of water.
Giant Video Screen: 160 feet long, 70 feet high. You have to see this thing in person to appreciate it.
The author grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys, starting with Roger Staubach. He is a football fan for life, especially Texas teams.
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