This Day In History: Oct. 24 Marks 50th Anniversary Of Opening Of Iconic Texas Stadium In Irving

Irving, Texas. October 24, 2021

This day in history, October 24, 1971, Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, hosts first football game with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the New England Patriots, 44-21

Long after its implosion in 2010, Texas Stadium is still remembered and recognized throughout Texas, the U.S. and the world. Built in 1971 at a cost of $35 million dollars, it set the standard for future stadiums as the first where fans paid for its construction by purchasing bonds (today’s equivalent of personal seat licenses).

The Cowboys played at Texas Stadium for 37 years, amassing a 219 – 99 record, including 16 post-season games. Of course, it was also the setting for major motion pictures, iconic TV commercials, college and high school football games, concerts and many other special events.

Irving, home to this iconic showplace for running backs and rock stars is celebrating with “50 for 50” – a list of memorable moments at the stadium.

And the Irving Archives and Museum (open Wednesday – Saturday 10 -4) features a special Texas Stadium exhibit, complete with a multi-media stadium history featuring NFL game footage, archival photos, memorabilia, and even original lockers and stadium seats. (Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 4 – 17.)

50 Memorable Moments in Texas Stadium History

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