The Dallas Cowboys have played in three stadiums throughout their history in the NFL: the Cotton Bowl from 1960-1970, Texas Stadium from 1971-2008, and Cowboys Stadium from 2009 to the present. Owner Jerry Jones was the pioneer behind the construction of the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium which is located in Arlington, Texas and has a capacity of 80,000 for football games (the 2nd largest in the NFL behind the New York Giants and Jets’ MetLife Stadium). Cowboys Stadium is the world’s largest domed stadium and includes a retractable roof which only takes 12 minutes to open or close. The glass panels at the end of each end zone also act as a retractable door to allow guests to enter the stadium.
The stadium’s interior is just as tech-savvy as there are 2,900 TV screens throughout the entire facility. However, Cowboys Stadium’s signature feature is the two-sided high definition video screen that hangs ninety feet above the center of the football field. It is the second largest in the world at 160-foot wide by 72-foot tall as it spans from one 20 yard line to the other. At each end of the screen, there is another TV monitor that faces the end zone. Sometimes the football hits one of these end-zone monitors when kickers punt it at steep angles, forcing a replay. Besides Cowboys’ home games, the stadium hosts a plethora of other events including concerts, college basketball and football games, boxing matches, and motocross races. In 2014, Cowboys Stadium will be the site of college basketball’s Final Four.