The Dallas Cowboys are part of the National Football League and have gone to the Super Bowl eight times--more than any other team!
Until the new stadium is completed, the Dallas Cowboys meet their competition at Texas Stadium, built in 1971. The stadium seats 65,812, has an artificial turf field and features a non-closeable roof.
There is a pro shop and many concession stands at which to grab a bite to eat. The pro-shop is located outside of the stadium that is filled with Cowboy souvenirs--shirts, mugs, footballs, hats, keychains...anything and everything you might want. We selected some tall plastic mugs which lit up at the base and sported the Dallas Cowboys logo for our grandkids.
This facility is also a venue for concerts and motorcrosses.
Tours of the stadium are available from 10 am-4 pm Mon.-Sat. and 11 am-3 pm on the hour at Gate 8. Note: tours are cancelled 24 hrs. before a game. For more information call 972-556-9396. Parking is available on the grounds for a fee. No outside food, drinks or coolers are permitted.
Address: 2401 E. Airport Freeway #8, Irving, Texas
Directions: From DFW Airport, use South Exit and take Hwy. 183 East to the stadium
- Family Travel
Our sojourn to the Dallas area this time included an official tour of Texas Stadium. It was made all the sweeter by having former Dallas Cowboy, Ralph Neely (#73) join us! This made our grandson's day and was pretty special to us, as well.
The tour guide wasn't particularly enthusiastic, but Ralph's presence elevated the experience. At the time, the stadium was preparing for a motorcross competition, so dirt was piled up everywhere. However, it was fun touring in the locker room, seeing the Stadium club and taking photographs from the seats. A visit to the pro shop was worth the stop and we purchased souvenirs to send to other family members.
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The Byron Nelson Championship* is held each year, attracting many of the top golfers. In fact, Tiger Woods won the purse in 1997. Unfortunately he was not playing this year due to having surgery.
The Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas located in Irving, Tx. hosted the event. The par-70 course was beautiful and had just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation.
Hundreds of people attended; many were pretty young ladies parading at the scene with colorful little sun-dresses, which of course got second glances from the guys!
My husband had been given tickets for the Third Round on Saturday, April 26. Not being golfers, I doubt we would have attended otherwise. The temperature was a glorious 80 degrees with a cloud canopy--it was our first opportunity to attend a championship and happily, the sun was not merciless that day.
After security checked our purses we boarded the shuttle--there was no way to sneak a camera into the grounds. Not that I even contemplated it!
We were situated on the 17th hole, giving us a wide view of the play. Not having brought chairs, we spent several hours seated on the grass. This spot had a great vantage point, though, because we were in the front row of spectators.
Adam Scott (pictured) from Queensland, Australia was in the #1 position at this point in the championship and eventually won the game and the hefty purse. I borrowed this picture from the internet. If you'd like to attend, see the website below for more info.
*The championship, named after well-known golfer, Byron Nelson, used this popular sport to fund a nonprofit organization known as Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers.
Their mission has three parts: provide therapy for troubled kids and families; help with education for at-risk children and their families and share what is learned. Over the years $100 million dollars has gone to charitable causes! Wow, that's amazing!
Address: Irving, Texas
- Family Travel
The 2008 Byron Nelson Championship was well attended on the day my husband and I visited for the Third Round of Play. What we saw of the course was gorgeous!
The Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Irving, Tx. has recently undertaken a multi-million dollar renovation of its 18 hole, par-70 golf course, comprised of 7,166 challenging yards of rolling green hills, waterfall and circuitious pathways.
Opened in 1983, the golf course was due for some updating. D.A.Welbring of Golf Project Resources Group and architect, Steve Wolford created 'a challenging course for both the professional and amateur golfer'.
I'm not a golfer, but I suspect those of you who are would find it a great course. Greens fees are $195.00.
Since cameras and cellphones were prohibited, I borrowed this pic from the resort's website.
Address: 4150 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Tx
The Dallas Cowboys have always had cheerleaders--their first were high school students. However, in 1972 their profile changed.
According to the website, the organization began looking for a new image of the cheerleader--at first models were considered, but eventually they selected accomplished dancers who would exude athleticism and be able to handle the sweltering weather!
The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are 'educated, well-rounded women' who represent the city well. Most of their outside activities are charity events. They are known nationally and internationally and their ages range from around 18-37 years. Their presence can certainly super-charge a game!
- Family Travel
Texas Stadium was built in 1971 and it has to be one of the ugliest stadium (externally) I have ever seen. It always looks unfinished to me. The stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys football team, 5 times world champions. Aside from football games, festivals and concerts are also held here. You can take a tour of the complex all year round. The stadium has a unique hole in the roof, so that in bad weather, spectators can be protected from bad weather.
Address: Highway 183
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