Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a guy who likes to make a splash. Nowhere is that more apparent than the stadium the Cowboys play in, AT&T Stadium. The venue is one of the largest in all of sports, and has a video screen that started its own storyline. It’s the fourth-largest high definition screen in the world, and the largest column-free interior screen.
The screen is so large it extends from 20-yard line to 20-yard line, and hung low enough that officials were worried the football might hit the screen on a punt. The preseason Tennessee Titans punter A.J. Trapasso did hit the screen, but the screen hasn’t been hit since.
But that’s not the only major selling point of the stadium. The AT&T Stadium seating chart is the fourth largest in the league with a capacity of 80,000, but also can fit over 105,000 people including standing room areas. The record was set on the first game in the stadium on September 21, 2009 against the New York Giants when 105,121 people attended the game.
In addition to Cowboys games, there have been other big-time events held at the stadium. There was already a Super Bowl there, hosting the 2011 Super Bowl, the 45th Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. It also hosted the last two Big 12 championship games, before the conference dropped down from the minimum of 12 teams to 10. It’s also the home of the Cotton Bowl classic, hosting both high-profile regular season games and bowl games in college football.
In other sports, the stadium recently hosted the college basketball Final Four, as well as the NBA All-Star weekend in 2010 when 108,713 were in attendance. That number is still the record for most people at a basketball event. For soccer the stadium was host to two quarterfinal games in the 2009 CONCACAF Tournament, and both semifinal games in the 2013 games.
AT&T is one of the most popular stadiums in the country, and that is exactly the way Jerry Jones wants it. The Stadium can hold record crowds and has one of the biggest screens in the entire country. It’s already been host to some of the biggest events in the sporting world, and will once again be the home for the Dallas Cowboys when the season starts this year.