Texas is truly a football state. Each fall, hundreds of thousands of Texans gather at fields and stadiums across the state to watch Pee-Wee, middle school, high school, college and pro football games. Texas football also draws a number of visitors to the Lone Star State. So, it should come as no surprise that Texas is also home to some of the country's most remarkable football stadiums.
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AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)
Opened in 2009, AT&T Stadium is one of the most opulent arenas in the country. Home to its namesake NFL's Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium is also home to other sporting events, including boxing, basketball and rodeo. Additionally, AT&T Stadium is the location for many of the Dallas area's biggest concert events. This retractable roof stadium provides an all-weather venue for sporting events, as well as concerts, rodeos and more and has amenities far exceeding those of other stadiums. AT&T Stadium currently also is the host site for the Texas high school football state championship games. AT&T Stadium is located at 900 E Randol Mill Road in Arlington.
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NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
The home of the Houston Texans, NRG Stadium was built adjacent to one of the nation's most famous stadiums -- the Houston Astrodome. While the Astrodome, once considered "futuristic" and often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World," became outdated and outlived its usefulness, NRG Stadium is big, bold and modern. Most football fans across the nation consider NRG second only to AT&T Stadium in terms of amenities. In addition to being the home field for the Texans, NRG Stadium also hosts the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, numerous concerts and other events, as well as high school football playoffs, college football games, and the annual Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl. NRG Stadium is located at 1 Reliant Park in Houston.
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Located on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Kyle Field has long been home to the Texas A&M Aggie football team. Over the years, it has earned a reputation as one of the most difficult stadiums for opposing teams to play in. Even in down years, Aggie fans are boisterous and the noise level in a sold-out Kyle Field is deafening. However, one of the most disorienting elements of Kyle Field is the fact the home side bleachers literally sway back and forth when the Aggie faithful perform their "saw varsity's horns off" ritual during the Aggie War Hymn. Kyle Field annual hosts numerous high school playoff games, but seeing a Texas A&M Aggie home game at this storied stadium is something that should be on every college football fan's "bucket list." With the Aggies moving into the SEC, the atmosphere should be even more electric -- if that's possible.
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Nestled in downtown Austin, within sight of the state capitol, Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, home to the University of Texas Longhorns, is the state's largest football stadium. With seating capacity just over 100,000, Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium is actually the sixth largest football stadium among NCAA teams. However, once current renovations are completed, the Memorial Stadium will be the largest football stadium in the nation. Beyond size, Memorial Stadium also offers the great fall weather and overall atmosphere of Austin, making attending a game here a truly unique experience. Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium is located at 405 E 23rd Street in Austin.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Cotton Bowl is one of the most storied stadiums in the nation. The Cotton Bowl hosted its namesake college football bowl game from 1937-2009. Although that game is now held in Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Cotton Bowl continues to host a game most Texans consider much more significant -- the annual Red River Rivalry between the University of Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma University Sooners. That game, which is played each year during the State Fair of Texas, is a unique gameday experience in the country and should be a "must see" for any college football fan. The Cotton Bowl is located at 3750 The Midway in Dallas.