As July gives way to August, we are reminded that NFL football is fast approaching. And for fans of America’s team, training camp begins today. The Dallas Cowboys will begin their quest for a Super Bowl championship this afternoon in Oxnard, California. The Cowboys have been competitive over the past few years, but have come up short in the final game, all against divisional opponents. Last year, Dallas fell short against the Philadelphia Eagles at home, just a year removed from losing to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on the road. And three years ago, it was Eli Manning and the New York Giants defeating Dallas at MetLife Stadium, eventually advancing on to win the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots.
This season, Cowboys fans are hoping for better performance late in the year and, hopefully, a playoff berth. In order to do that, Dallas will have to navigate a difficult schedule that includes a home opener against the San Francisco 49ers, a Week 4 matchup with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, as well as road games against defending champion Seattle and Chicago.
They will need to have a solid home record if they plan on advancing into the NFL playoffs, and that means Cowboys fans will need to come out in force for their eight games on the schedule this year. If you’re planning on catching a game this year, here are ten facts about AT&T Stadium, as well as the upcoming Cowboys season, that you should know.
1.) AT&T Stadium opened on May 27, 2009 with a ribbon cutting ceremony that featured Cowboys alumni such as Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.
2.) Though it was at the time, the four-screen, high-definition LED display that is prominently featured stretching across midfield at AT&T Stadium is no longer the world’s largest HD LED screen. EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has since taken that claim.
3.) Speaking of that huge LED screen, the opening season at Cowboys Stadium had major concerns that punters could potentially kick the ball off the screen. It even occurred during the preseason of 2009. Yet, no football has ever touched the LED screen during a regular season game.
4.) AT&T holds the naming rights to three other stadiums in the U.S.A: the AT&T Center in San Antonio, AT&T Park in San Francisco, and Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team.
5.) The highest get-in price for Cowboys tickets to any game this year is the home opener against the 49ers. Currently, the cheapest ticket available at TicketCity is $152. However, this will not be the most expensive game at AT&T Stadium over the next six months because…
6.) AT&T Stadium is hosting the 2015 College Football Championship Game. Tickets start at $621 currently for the game’s first ever championship game that will pit the winners of the semi-finals of the inaugural College Football Playoff.
7.) The defending champion Florida State Seminoles will also appear at AT&T Stadium this year on August 30th in the 2014 Cowboys Classic. Tickets are currently available for as low as $86 and the average ticket price for the game is $258.
8.) In terms of other high profile events to take place in Arlington, Super Bowl XLV back on February 6, 2011 was hosted at AT&T with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
9.) Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a career 40-25 record at AT&T Stadium. On the road? Just 35-30.
10.) Want to see the Cowboys this year but don’t want to spend a ton of money? Disregarding preseason games, the cheapest ticket you can currently find for a Cowboys home game is on November 2nd when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Cowboys tickets are available for as low as $35.