It’s home to America’s team, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and is one of the most popular stadiums in the country. Starting with the 2014-15 college football postseason, AT&T Stadium will host the first College Football Championship Game on January 12, 2015. The championship game will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2016 and Raymond James Stadium in 2017.
AT&T Stadium has been the home of the Dallas Cowboys since 2009. Prior to moving here they played at Texas Stadium for more than three decades. However, just like every other team in the NFL, the Cowboys wanted a new football stadium to increase revenue. As far back as 1994, owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, began looking into the possibility of a new or expanded Texas Stadium. Initially Jones wanted to expand Texas Stadium, adding 40,000 seats and a retractable roof. Over the next several years, Jones not only kept alive discussions of renovating Texas Stadium, but began looking at sites to construct a new stadium. Throughout the next decade, the Cowboys moved away from the idea of renovating Texas Stadium and focused on building a new facility. It took nearly a decade for the team to find a suitable site for construction, settling on a location near Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers (MLB). In order to finance construction of the $1.15 billion stadium, Arlington voters approved a $325 million bond in November 2004 that raises the city’s sales tax by a half-cent, hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent and car rental tax by 5 percent. The NFL contributed $150 million towards the stadium with the Cowboys paying the remaining amount.
Team officials traveled the country, visiting some of the newest NFL stadiums in order to develop and design the greatest stadium in the league. Designed by HKS Architects, Inc., AT&T Stadium is one of the most recognizable stadiums in all of sports. The exterior features a futuristic design that consists of a canted 800 foot glass wall. A pair of massive, 292 foot arches span the length of the stadium, supporting the facility and the retractable roof. At each endzone are glass retractable doors, 180 foot wide by 120 foot high. They are the largest in the world, and open or close in 18 minutes. Atop AT&T Stadium is the retractable roof, that when open emulates the distinctive Texas Stadium opening/hole.