Dallas Cowboys: AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium takes center stage again

March, 31, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- When Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys brought about the idea of AT&T Stadium, they had visions of it becoming the best stadium in the world where all the big events will be played.

The $1.2 billion stadium has hosted a Super Bowl, an NBA All-Star Game, the Cotton Bowl, premium early season college football games, numerous concerts, soccer games and even a bowling event.

This week it hosts the Final Four.

The bid to set a Super Bowl attendance record fell short when some of the temporary seats were not finished, leading to a hectic scene that resulted in lawsuits.

There could be a Final Four attendance record this weekend when Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky come to Arlington, Texas, with expected crowds between 80,000-85,000 for Saturday’s semifinals and the April 7 championship game.

Next year, AT&T Stadium will host the first College Football Playoff championship game.

Cowboys' practice moved to AT&T Stadium*

September, 20, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The rainy weather has forced the Dallas Cowboys to move practice to AT&T Stadium on Friday.

Twice last week the Cowboys practiced at the stadium leading up to the Kansas City Chiefs’ game to stay out of the heat.

Friday’s practices generally center around red-zone, short-yardage and goal-line situations with the bulk of the preparation for the full game plan coming on Wednesday and Thursday. Players are not in pads.

Coach Jason Garrett’s news conference is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET.

Update: The team switched again, moving practice back to Valley Ranch.

Chris Jones hits digital board with punt

August, 24, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chris Jones became the first Cowboys punter to hit the center-hung scoreboard at AT&T Stadium with a first-quarter boot against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.

Tennessee’s A.J. Trapasso hit the board in the first football game played at the stadium on Aug. 21, 2009.

The officials did not notice the punt hit the board and needed video replay to force the Cowboys to punt again. The NFL instituted a re-kick rule after Trapasso’s punt, but it had never come into play before Saturday’s game. Trapasso’s punt hit a Mitsbushi Electric sign that was under the board. The sign was moved to the top of the board and has since been removed altogether.

On the re-kick, Cincinnati wide receiver Brandon Tate scored on a 75-yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead.

There was a fear among coaches that a re-kick would tire out the coverage units. Tate was hardly touched on the return, with tight end James Hanna missing him in the open field before Tate ran away from Jones.

NFL bag policy in effect Saturday

August, 23, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – If you are attending the Cowboys’ preseason game against Cincinnati Saturday at AT&T Stadium, the NFL’s new bag policy will be in effect.

Fans are prohibited from bringing in backpacks or purses, however, small clutch purses/bags not to exceed 5.5 inches by 8 inches will be allowed. One-gallon resealable storage bags and Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC totes that do not exceed 12 inch by 6 inch by 12 inch are also permitted.

Seat cushions, camera bags and coolers are also prohibited.

Cowboys to practice at AT&T Stadium

August, 21, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will hold their annual Blue and Silver Debut practice at AT&T Stadium on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Admission to practice is free, but it is $10 to park. The parking lots open at 4 p.m. and gates to the stadium open at 4:30.

For the rookies and new players, it will be their first on-field work at AT&T Stadium. A number of alumni will be on hand for the practice and will meet with the current players after the workout.

Cowboys have begun prep work for Giants

August, 20, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys open the regular season in 20 days against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium, but the planning for that game has already started.

It actually started in Oxnard, Calif., last week with some scout-team looks on offense and defense, and it has continued this week.

“Yeah, we’re watching some Giants tape,” tight end Jason Witten said. “Obviously a big division game. We know them well. They know us. Everything’s moving that way.”

The Cowboys have two preseason games remaining and coach Jason Garrett said the starters will play more Saturday against Cincinnati than in any other game. Normally the starters play into the third quarter and will not play in the final preseason game, which is Aug. 29 against Houston.

The practice schedule has remained close to the same the Cowboys featured in Oxnard.

“As training camp progresses you do start getting (the regulars) more and more reps, but it’s not a drastic change,” Garrett said. “We won’t really game plan. We’ll prepare a tick more for this game than we did the previous games, but we’ll take the same preseason mentality where we’re trying to develop our team, we’re trying to get for the regular season.”

Cowboys have plan to beat Texas heat

August, 16, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- When the Dallas Cowboys return to practice at Valley Ranch next week, they will attempt to beat the heat by practicing at 8:15 a.m.

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Temperatures rarely reached 75 degrees during the team's 25-day stay in Oxnard, Calif., allowing the Cowboys to get plenty of work done without having to worry about weather.

“We should be off the field by 10:30 (a.m.) and that should make it 8-10 degrees cooler than practicing later in the day,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We just think that’s a good thing. That’s the advantages of being out here. It’s going to be hot enough in Texas. We’ve got to get acclimated to that. That’s where we’re going to have practice once the season starts. For the next week or so we might continue to practice in the morning and see how that goes over. The contents, the meetings, the walkthroughs -- that stuff will happen afterward. Hopefully it’ll be a schedule that works for us.”

Since the opening of AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys have not played a day game in the first two months of the season with the roof and/or doors open, so playing in the heat is not much of a factor for home games. Their hottest away game in the first two months of this season figures to be Sept. 29 at San Diego.

Garrett said the morning practices would be difficult to continue in the regular season because of the amount of time it takes to install a game plan on Wednesday mornings.

How nice will Cowboys' facility be?

August, 13, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – When the Cowboys and Arlington came to an agreement on a new stadium, the original plan had each side chipping in $325 million.

Arlington’s contribution was capped at $325 million; the Cowboys' contribution wasn't capped, and Jerry Jones threw in another $600 million (give or take) to make AT&T Stadium the best stadium in the world.

The city of Frisco has now committed $115 million to the Cowboys’ new corporate headquarters and the building of a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that will be used by Frisco schools. Most of that money will go toward the stadium, with $25 million pegged for the headquarters.

Do you think Jones will chip in more cash to make sure the Cowboys have the best practice facility in the NFL?

Seattle’s practice facility cost $60 million. The New York Jets’ practice facility cost $75 million.

You can’t compare facilities’ prices because the cost of building supplies differs across the country, but for, say, an extra $25 million of the Cowboys’ money they could (will?) have a facility that should (will?) be the best in the league.

And the Cowboys will procure a naming-rights deal on the facility, as well, with some of that money going to the city, according to the agreement. The Eagles’ deal with NovaCare is worth a reported $60 million over 25 years. The New York Giants had a deal with Timex worth a reported $35 million but have a new deal with Quest Diagnostics. The Jets have a reported $25 million naming-rights deal for 12 years with Atlantic Health.

After AT&T and the Cowboys agreed to a naming-rights deal for the $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington, executive vice president Stephen Jones said the deal did not cover a new practice facility.

An early look at Cowboys' 2014 foes

August, 4, 2013
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CANTON, Ohio – The Cowboys begin their 2013 schedule in tonight’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against Miami, but is it too soon to look at the 2014 schedule?

No.

Here are the Cowboys’ opponents next year:

In addition to their NFC East rivals, the Cowboys will play Arizona, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis and an NFC South team depending on where they place in the division at AT&T Stadium.

On the road they will face St. Louis, Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee and an NFC North team.

The Texans’ visit will be their first to Arlington since the stadium opened and possibly mean the return of Jason Garrett’s predecessor, Wade Phillips, who is Houston’s defensive coordinator.

Fan interest a part of AT&T deal

July, 27, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- The decision to change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium had a lot to do with the money involved, but also the fans staying at home.

One of the initiatives of the NFL is to compete with the living room because of how well the games play on television. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is on the NFL’s New Stadium Committee and is attempting to find ways to keep the fans happy.

The Cowboys believe the partnership with AT&T can lead to a lot of innovation.

“Fans do like to be connected,” Jones said. “They like to have their laptops. They like to have their pads. They like their smart phones and want to be able to use them. Certainly we have to be innovative enough not one for them to use them, but give them unique content they can’t get in the living room.”

The Cowboys were the first team to have cameras in the locker room before the games. The NFL has made it a requirement for every team now to give fans at the stadium a view of the inner workings. Jones did not want to eliminate any possibility of the stadium fans getting not only behind-the-scene looks, but also sounds.

“We never want to take fans for granted,” Jones said. “We need to keep them coming not only to AT&T Stadium but other venues around the NFL.”

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