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Cities behind the teams: Dallas

Posted Nov 8, 2017

We go behind the curtain of each NFL team's home city every week presented by Visit The USA.

‘America’s Team’ needs little introduction. The Dallas Cowboys have been household names since their founding in 1960. This is reflected in their success both on and off the field. They are tied in second place with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots with five Super Bowls and have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times! They are the world’s most valuable sports franchise and have the NFL record of consecutive sold-out regular and post-season games (home and away) which began in 2002.  This is no mean feat considering their home ground of AT&T Stadium has an average attendance of 80,000.

From the beginning, the Cowboys staked a name for themselves in the league as a force to be reckoned with. Between 1970-79 they won 105 regular season games, more than any other NFL franchise during that span, as well as appearing in 5 Super Bowls and winning two of those appearances in 1971 and 1977.  As part of this success, they set the record of being the only NFL team to record 20 straight winning seasons (1966-1985) and only missing the playoffs in 1974 and 1984.

They were not as successful (by Cowboy’s standards) through the early 80s but in 1989 Jerry Jones, current owner took over. This signalled a new era of success for the Cowboys as they went on to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. A change of Head Coach did not hinder the Cowboys as they won their fifth Super Bowl in 1995.

The period between then and now has been a mixed bag for the Cowboys, whilst continuing to draw fans from across the globe, they have not reached the same dominant heights as they previously did. However, after selecting Quarterback, Dak Prescott and Running Back, Ezekiel Elliott in the 2016 Draft, they look to be in the ascendancy. Both players set records in their rookie seasons and the Cowboys have five wins, three losses, sit second in their division behind the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles and are on a three-game winning streak.

Fittingly, the Cowboys hail from a city which matches the team in its history, big-time presence and success.  Dallas originally arose to prominence due to it being a centre for the oil and cotton industries and its position along numerous major railroad lines.  This has created a large metropolitan city, with diverse cultural influences and lots of activities for tourists.

Dallas is divided into districts and for anyone interested in Art it is worth visiting the Art district in Northern Downtown. This area is home to the Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Centre and the stunningly unique Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Dallas also has numerous parks, with over 40 across 21,000 acres parkland. The most famous park is Fair Park which houses the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings, art, and sculptures. It also home to the State Fair of Texas which is the largest state fair in the United States.

Connecting these parks is the Katy Trail. This is currently undergoing massive renovation to make a path for cyclists and pedestrians with specialised surfaces, drinking fountains and surrounded by native Texas trees and plants.

Continuing with the natural theme, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the must-see for any visitor to Dallas. It is located in East Dallas on the south-eastern shore of White Rock Lake and is consistently the top-rated thing to do in Dallas.

Finally, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a museum dedicated to the Life, Death and Legacy of President JFK and located at the very spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald and killed the President.

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