It has been over a decade since the Dallas Cowboys left historic Texas Stadium in Irving and moved a few minutes down the road into AT&T Stadium in Arlington. At the time, and even with some still today, the change was unpopular, but the upgrade owner Jerry Jones helped make gives America’s Team an undeniably beautiful home.
For 38 years, through 2008, Texas Stadium was the epicenter of football and music memories. From deep NFL playoff runs and Super Bowls with the Cowboys to SMU’s college football dynasty to high school football championships to Garth Brooks concerts, the 65,000-seat stadium — famously known for the “hole in the roof” when construction crews abandoned putting in a retractable roof — was considered one of the best in the United States.
Then, on April 11, 2010, it was demolished by a controlled implosion.
That was a sad day for many Cowboys fans in the DFW area. In many ways, it’s still sad. How could you strip away decades full of incredible moments in the Lone Star State just in the name a new stadium and the Almighty dollar?
Well, there’s a chance to get some of those memories back.
Old Texas Stadium Turf
Although the stadium no longer exists, Amazon currently has the Steiner Sports Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium Game Used Turf With Etched Glass Display Case. In other words, you could own a rare piece of Cowboys football history, and it only costs $40.
Think of all of the Hall of Fame players, National Football League teams, and the home pro football games that have been played on that field. You could have a piece of that artificial turf from the retractable-roof stadium. That’s pretty darn cool to maybe get a piece from the end zone, or from the star logo in the middle of the field at the 50-yard line of the NFC East power.
Texas is home to some incredible American football stadiums. Between Houston, Fort Worth, the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and the University of Texas in Austin, it’s amazing to think of the rich history. Even North Texas has a nice stadium.
Yet, nothing compares to Cowboys stadium then and now, with the new stadium, and its massive video board, standing adjacent to the old Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers.
Was it worth moving from the City of Irving to Arlington for NCAA and NFL game days to be played at a bigger stadium? It might not be for the old school fans, but it’s a touchdown for the football team.
This is an amazing piece of history, though, and it absolutely could be yours.
This article was originally published May 15, 2019.