AT&T Stadium is an architectural behemoth, a necessary representation of the historic Dallas Cowboys franchise. Nicknamed Jerry World for the team’s larger-than-life owner Jerry Jones, AT&T Stadium is meant to exceed just a football stadium and become an entertainment venue recognized worldwide.
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|Address:||1 AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas, 76011|
|Record Attendance:||105,121 (September 20, 2009 Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants)|
|Stadium Owner:||City of Arlington|
|Former Names:||Cowboys Stadium|
|Construction Cost:||$1.3 billion|
|Structural Engineer:||Engineers and Consultants, Campbell & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.|
|Playing Surface:||Hellas Matrix Turf with Helix Soft Top artificial turf|
Breaking ground in 2005, the $1.3 billion project from HKS, Inc. has two 300-foot tall arches anchored into the ground to help support the roof. The extra arch support allows for uninhibited sight lines for fans, which is especially important given the size of the center video boards.
At the time of construction, AT&T Stadium held the largest video boards in the world, but has since been passed by Texas Motor Speedway. Still, the video board spans between the opposite 24-yard lines on the football field, but advertisements stretch from the 20 to the other 20. It weighs 1.2 million pounds as a complete jumbotron and cost $40 million by itself. Without adjusting for inflation, the jumbotron cost more than the entire construction of Texas Stadium, the original home of the Cowboys.
Underneath the screens is a custom-designed field turf. The SoftTop Convertible turf system has interchangeable patterns to swap out from football to other events like concerts, basketball games or monster truck rallies.
Similar to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium uses retractable windows above each end zone. The two stadiums were designed by the same architecture firm and broke ground on the same day. The windows open to allow natural elements, but also views of the Texan horizon.
To keep everything powered, AT&T Stadium uses approximately the same amount of electricity as the African nation of Liberia.
While the fanfare built around architecture, video boards and statues across the stadium grounds showcase the prestige of the franchise and the opening concert by multiple country music stars showcasing the entertainment capabilities of AT&T Stadium, it is an unplanned moment by an opposing player that adds one of the stadium’s most unique features.
After the New York Giants defeated the Cowboys in the first NFL game played in the stadium, Giants quarterback Eli Manning signed the visiting locker room wall to celebrate the victory. Jones prohibited any stadium staff from cleaning the signature off. The rivalry between the two teams is one of the strongest in the NFL, but very few rivalries have made a literal mark on the stadium they play in.
For football, AT&T Stadium holds 80,000 fans with normal seating, but can expand up to 105,000 plus standing room. It set the record for the NFL regular season with 105,121 fans in 2009. The largest event was the 2010 National Basketball Association All Star game with 108,713 fans. Multiple other crowds for concerts, religious festivals and WrestleMania 32 have exceeded 100,000 fans.
Originally known as Cowboys Stadium, there were no naming rights initially for the arena. AT&T took over in 2013.
Dallas Cowboys Info
|Rivals:||Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers|
|Team Colours:||Navy blue, metallic silver, royal blue, white|
|Club Mascot:||Rowdy the cowboy|
|Nicknames:||America's Team, Doomsday Defense, The Boys, Big D|
|Fight Song:||Cowboys Stampede March|
|Training Ground:||Ford Center at The Star|
|Headquarters:||Ford Center at The Star|
|Team Name History:||Dallas Cowboys (1960–present)|
|Former Stadiums:||Cotton Bowl (1960-1971), Texas Stadium (1971-2008)|
|League Affiliation:||Western Conference (1960), Eastern Conference (1961–1969), Capitol Division (1967–1969), National Football Conference (1970–present), NFC East (1970–present)|
|Team Owner:||Jerry Jones|
|Top Passing Leader:||Tony Romo|
|Top Points Scorer:||Emmitt Smith|
|AV Leader:||Emmitt Smith|
|Winningest Coach:||Tom Landry|
|Famous Players:||Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Tony Dorsett, Randy White|
|Famous Coaches:||Jason Garrett, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at AT&T Stadium?
Dallas Cowboys play their home matches at AT&T Stadium.
What is the capacity of AT&T Stadium?
As of 2021 AT&T Stadium has an official seating capacity of 80,000 for Football matches.
When was AT&T Stadium opened?
AT&T Stadium officially opened in 2009 and is home to Dallas Cowboys
What is the ZIP code for AT&T Stadium?
The ZIP code for AT&T Stadium is 76011.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit AT&T Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Dallas Cowboys for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.