Goodbye, Texas Stadium (Validation #4)

April 28, 2010…

 

On April 11, 2010, the iconic Texas Stadium was demolished. It was a sad day for all Dallas Cowboys fans, which, naturally, includes The Federation‘s members. It was the home of our beloved Cowboys during our childhood years of the 1970s and ’80s, when they were, more than at any other time perhaps, America’s Team.

With a seating capacity of 65,675, and a European soccer-style retractable roof, it opened its doors in Irving, Texas on October 24, 1971, and closed them on December 20, 2008 (with an unfortunate 33-24 loss to the Baltimore Ravens), making way for team owner Jerry Jones’ billion dollar monument of ego, Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington. It was the site of dozens of great games and hundreds of classic memories – too many to mention, in fact.

We think of all the great players who once called Texas Stadium home: Roger Staubach, D.D. Lewis, Tony Dorsett, Danny White, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Drew Pearson, Randy White, Michael Irvin, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Herschel Walker, Charlie Waters, Everson Walls, Jay Novacek, Golden Richards, Calvin Hill, Billy Joe Dupree, Lance Alworth, Mel Renfro, Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, and the list goes on and on, right up to Tony Romo.

Then, of course, the greatest head coach in Cowboys history, Tom Landry, who will never be forgotten, as well as Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells.

Texas Stadium, along with the old Yankees Stadium, is now just a memory in our hearts. It’s sad to see these iconic stadiums being replaced and demolished. Perhaps it’s just a part of so-called “progress.” The America we once knew, though, is slowly being lost. Another part of it was reduced to rubble on April 11th. We’ll always have our memories, though, and you can’t destroy those.

Long live Texas Stadium!

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