Saturday, May 24, 2008

The 3 Stadiums of the Dallas Cowboys


Since the Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960, there have only been two stadiums that havve been home to the Cowboys. With the new stadium set to open in 2009, take a look back at the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium.

The Cotton Bowl

The Cotton Bowl is a stadium which opened in 1932. Originally known as Fair Park Bowl, it is located in Fair Park, site of the State Fair in Dallas, Texas, USA. It has a natural grass surface and a capacity of 68,252 seats. Concerts or other events using a stage allow the playing field to be used for additional spectators to a capacity past 80,000. The Cotton Bowl is the home of the annual Cotton Bowl Classic college football bowl game, for which the stadium is named. However, the game will move to Arlington, Texas, and the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium on New Year's Day 2010.

The Cowboys hosted the Green Bay Packers for the 1966 NFL championship at the Cotton Bowl. Artificial turf was installed in 1970 and removed in 1993 in preparation for the Football World Cup tournament in 1994.

Texas Stadium

Texas Stadium is a football stadium in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. It is the home field of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, and has a seating capacity of 65,675. The stadium opened on October 24, 1971, at a cost of $35 million.

The Cowboys will leave Texas Stadium after the 2008 NFL season for a new, as-yet-unnamed stadium; to open for the 2009 NFL season; that will be partially funded by taxpayers in Arlington, Texas. In November 2004, Arlington voters approved a half-cent (.005 per US Dollar) sales tax to fund $325 million of the then estimated $650 million stadium by a margin of 55-45. Jerry Jones, the Cowboys' owner, spent over $5 million backing the ballot measure, but also agreed to cover any cost overruns which as of 2006 had already raised the estimated cost of the project to $1 billion.

The fate of Texas Stadium after the Cowboys' departure remains uncertain. The roof, whose worn paint had become unsightly in the early 2000s, was repainted in the summer of 2006 by the City of Irving. It was the first time the famed roof was repainted since Texas Stadium opened. The roof is structurally independent from the stadium it covers. As a tribute to the original Texas Stadium, the new stadium, which will have a retractable roof system, will also include a setting that mimics the hole in the roof.

The New, Un-Named Cowboys Stadium

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