Texas Stadium was the home field for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys for 36 years. It opened on October 24, 1971 in Irving, TX at a cost of $35 million and had a seating capacity of 65,600. It was a major venue for high school football in the months of November and December, has hosted neutral-site college football games and was formerly the home to the SMU Mustangs in the 80’s. The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the NFL’s most popular and most-televised teams, frequently beaming their stadium into many of the nation’s living rooms. The roof is structurally independent from the stadium it covers and the hole in the roof was the most striking difference with other NFL facilities. The truth of the old joke that the hole is there “so God can watch his favorite football team play” has never been confirmed, but the partial roof combines an outdoor atmosphere with an indoor environment and did a decent job of protecting fans from inclement conditions. It’s ironic that when you pass this stadium today it’s easy to not see it’s significance unlike the new Cowboys Stadium facility in Arlington, TX.