Touchdown Trips recently had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Texas for a Cowboys game. But a trip to see Jerry’s boys in action shouldn’t be just confined to Arlington – the area centred around the twin centres of Dallas and Fort Worth has a tonne of amazing things to offer and AT&T is just the tip of the iceberg.
“That’s where the old Cowboys Stadium used to stand” my driver wistfully told me on the way from the airport to my hotel. “The day they demolished it, people were lined up all around and they had to close the roads. It was like a public funeral”. Indeed the Cowboys’ old home in Irving had been the site of many of the franchise’s greatest moments. They won all five of their Super Bowls during their tenancy in the famous stadium, becoming America’s Team in the 90’s with the likes of Troy Aikman, Michael Irving and Emmitt Smith propelling Dallas to dynasty status (although on TV Dallas was obviously better than Dynasty).
But in 2008, they turned out the lights, blew it up (or inward) and moved onto pastures new. New and shiny and big – very, very big. AT&T Stadium really has to be seen to be believed. The first billion dollar stadium in the World sits in Arlington like a giant spaceship that’s just landed – glistening in the Texas sun. Jerry Jones wants everything he does to be bigger and better than his rivals and it shows. The stadium is always immaculately clean – there were guys mopping the roof the day following the game – and as you approach it you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the scale of it. The stadium is built very much with the fan in mind and despite the fact it can accommodate over 100,000 fans, there is not a bad viewing spot in the house. The seats are incredibly comfy with nice leg room and if you’d rather stand, fans can purchase a Party Pass and hang out with a beer and snack and watch from the open areas.