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AT&T Stadium

Stadium in Dallas, Texas

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At&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium - AT&T Stadium
At&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium - AT&T Stadium. Photo by Ron Kikuchi
The AT&T Stadium, or what most American Football enthusiasts call as the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, is a retractable roof stadium owned by the City of Arlington, Texas. The gigantic stadium serves as the home of the NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys. Other names given to the AT&T Stadium include “Jerry’s World”, and “Death Star”, which was taken from the hit movie series, Star Wars (due to its enormous size and design).

The stadium not only acts as a major football venue, but also hosts a variety of other sporting events such as basketball, soccer, and motocross races. The stadium is also a prime venue for concerts and even boxing events. The Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey (Wikipedia Article) fight was held at the Cowboys Stadium in 2010, with R&B artist Nelly performing before the main event.
The Dallas Cowboys Stadium is also the only NFL stadium in the country that cannot be accessed via mass transit or public transportation (such as bus and light rail), since Arlington was known to be the largest city in the states with no mass transit system. Throughout the decade, the city has slowly developed bus routes within its area, but the stadium is still only accessible through private shuttle or car.

AT&T Stadium Panorama - AT&T
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AT&T Stadium Panorama. Photo by Anthony Roderman

History

Dating back to 1994, the idea to expand the 65,000 seating capacity of the Texas Stadium came from Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Jones negotiated and petitioned city mayors all over North Texas to help renovate the stadium into a year-round venue for sporting events and concerts. After a decade, the plan to build a $650 million USD stadium in Dallas was announced, but was denied, because the increase in tax (in order to fund the project) was turned down by Dallas Country commissioners. A few months later, Arlington City Council approved the deal and agreed to fund a portion of the project. In 2005, the location of the new stadium was acquired. On May 27, 2009, the Cowboys Stadium was completed and was opened to the public.
Walk Under the Stars
	- AT&T Stadium
Walk Under the Stars - AT&T Stadium. Photo by Jason Mrachina

Design

The Dallas Cowboys Stadium was designed by local architectural firm, HKS Inc. and was built to replace the open-air Texas Stadium that opened in 1971. The stadium opened to the public in 2009, with a seating capacity of over 80,000, and was expanded to accommodate over 110,000 people. During the initial planning, the stadium was estimated to cost $650 million USD, but due to its ambitious size and features, the stadium currently costs $1.15 billion USD, making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever made. The parking area around the stadium is distributed among 15 lots, which has approximately 12,000 parking spaces.
The stadium contains over 3,000 LCD displays all over its luxury suites, concession areas, concourses, and other areas. The concession areas are filled with a huge variety of restaurants and food stands that are expected to serve over 100,000 people per event.

World Records

The stadium boasts a number of world-breaking records. With an area of over 3 million sq0.0 meter (or 73 acres), the Cowboys Stadium holds the records for being the largest domed stadium and the largest column-free interior in the world in its time (recently replaced by the National Stadium, Singapore (Wikipedia Article)). The retractable roof, which has a surface area of 660,800 sq0.0 meter, is also one of the largest domed structures in the world. Even the 120-foot-high by 180-foot-wide operable glass doors at each end of the stadium are considered the largest operable glass doors in the world.

The Cowboys Stadium also features the world’s largest HD video screen at the time it was unveiled, with a measurement 49 x 22 meters (or 11,520 sq0.0 meter) and costs around $40 million USD. Today, the biggest HDTV is still in the state of Texas. Just a few miles away from the stadium is the Texas Motor Speedway where the gigantic “Big Hoss TV” is installed.

World Cup at AT&T Stadium - AT&T Stadium
World Cup at AT&T Stadium - AT&T Stadium. Photo by 1Flatworld

Directions

Located along One At&T Way in Arlington, tourists who want to get there from the DFW Airport can either take a taxi ride or drive there by private car. Unfortunately, there are no mass transit or any other public transportation served within the city of Arlington, which stirs public concerns.

If you’re coming from downtown Dallas, “Bowl Buses” or rally buses can take guests from downtown to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Reservations must be placed on their online website. If you are driving to Arlington from the airport, you can take the TX-183 W, then merge onto the SH 360 SB down to Abram Street Exit. Along Abram Street, turn right to Collins Street, and another right turn to Randol Mill Road. The fantastic thing about the Dallas Cowboys Stadium is that you can already see the structure even if you are 8 kilometers away.

Nearby Landmarks

Arlington, the city where the Dallas Cowboys Stadium lies, is also recognized as the fun capital of Texas. Just within close proximity of the stadium are the exciting theme parks, Six Flags over Texas and Hurricane Harbor.

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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Jan 18, 2015

Pictures of AT&T Stadium

Are you ready for some Football? - AT&T Stadium
Are you ready for some Football? - AT&T Stadium. Photo by Dan Huntley

AT&T Stadium - End Zone View - AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium - End Zone View - AT&T Stadium. Photo by Jason Mrachina

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