After playing in Irving for nearly four decades, the Dallas Cowboys fled the aging Texas Stadium in 2009 and moved into a stunning new facility next door to Six Flags and the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Cowboys Stadium, or “Jerry World,” as it’s known around town, is big. Really big. It cost more than $1.2 billion to build and can hold more than 100,000 people. (The record is 105,121, the most ever at an NFL regular season game.) It has a retractable roof and the largest HD video screen in the world, which hangs from 20-yard line to 20-yard line. It has more than 3,000 LCD displays, more than 300 luxury suites, and some 12,000 parking spaces directly around the stadium. There’s also a standing-room-only area for those who don’t want to pay full price for an assigned seat.
With only about eight Sundays a year occupied by NFL games, the stadium fills the rest of its calendar with concerts; ceremonies; college and high school football, basketball, and soccer games; rodeos; and races. Cowboys Stadium has already hosted music legends Paul McCartney, U2, and George Strait, and it was the site of Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Parking can get sticky, with premium spots costing as much as $75 for football games, but there are plenty of spaces around neighboring Rangers Ballpark that are less expensive.