Jan. 3, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Taking advantage of some lag time between its two American Athletic Conference games in Texas, the UConn men's basketball team got the chance to take a tour of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and site of this year's Final Four.
The Huskies, who played at Houston on New Year's Eve, and will play at SMU on Saturday afternoon, traveled to Dallas on Wednesday and made the bus trip to Arlington on Thursday.
AT&T Stadium, built in just over 3½ years at a cost of $1.3 billion, opened its doors on May 27, 2009. It a state that prides itself on the fact that "everything's bigger," the structure is truly spectacular.
The football field was being prepared for Friday night's Cotton Bowl Classic between Missouri and Oklahoma State, but there was plenty more to see for the Huskies, starting with a sit-down in one of the 342 luxury suites that surround the upper reaches, and field-level, of the stadium.
Following that, the UConn travel party walked through one of the many club rooms afforded to fans during games, the massive postgame press conference and media rooms and the impressive locker rooms of the Cowboys and the world-famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Then the Huskies were led onto the playing field, where they took photos and got a player's view of the stands that can accommodate more than 105,000 people. Most of the team, including Coach Kevin Ollie, a die-hard Cowboys fan, couldn't help but dream of making a return trip to AT&T Stadium in early April.