The history that lies in the Texas Stadium, former home of the Dallas Cowboys, will never be forgotten. Before the 1971 season, the Cowboys called their home the Cotton Bowl and for 38 years the stadium has changed the face of the organization, as well as NFL football. Texas Stadium was the birthplace of the famous Cowboy cheerleaders as well as their home during all five of their Super Bowl Championships.
Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET, Texas Stadium will be blown into pieces as more than a ton of dynamite will level the former home of “America’s Team.” A series of 50 explosions will destruct Texas Stadium where around 2,200 holes were drilled into the stadium’s support columns and filled with dynamite.
The Cowboys were founded in 1960 by Clint Murchison Jr. When the Houston Astrodome was erected, Murchison wanted to mirror such a project and get the Cowboy’s out of the Cotton Bowl. He was rejected by Dallas officials in his attempt to persuade them to build the team a new stadium, but got suburban Irving to spend $25 million in addition to his $10 million to build the stadium.
The Cowboys played their last game in Texas Stadium in December of 2008 and now their home is in the state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. They moved into Texas Stadium halfway through the 1971 season, the year in which they won their first Super Bowl. The memories that many players have of playing in the stadium are one’s they will cherish forever. Former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson says he plans to watch the demolition from a building close by, “because I don’t want anybody to see me tearing up.”
“They can blow it up, implode it, dynamite it — but they can’t take away the memories created there,” Pearson said.
Eleven year old Casey Rogers will get the honors of pressing the wireless button that will trigger the demolition. Rogers was elected for this great honor by winning an essay contest in which he wrote about his charity, Casey’s Heart. His charity helps the homeless by providing food and clothes to those in need.
A great piece of NFL history is about to be demolished. Many great games have taken place in Texas Stadium where some of the NFL’s greatest have showcased their talent’s. Mayor Herbert Gears gave a key to the city of Irving (the last one featuring the stadium) to a widow of one the team’s greatest coaches, Tom Landry. Gears stated that there are no immediate plans on what will replace it.
The city of Irving is charging $25 per car to watch the demolition, an event that is being called “the final tailgate party.”
The Cowboys failed to reach the Super Bowl in their first year of playing in their new home last season. NFL sportsbooks have the Cowboys as 11/1 odds of winning Super Bowl XLV this year.