Dallas Cowboys – Football (Texas Stadium)
In 12 NFL seasons, Troy Aikman became one of the game’s great quarterbacks. As one of only three players in NFL history to lead a team to three Super Bowl victories, Aikman has rewritten virtually every passing record in Cowboys’ history. He closed his career with 94 regular season wins, including 90 in the decade of the 1990’s — making him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade in NFL history (Joe Montana held the record with 86 wins in the 1980’s). Along with that mark, Aikman holds or is tied for 47 Dallas passing records, including the club’s career records for attempts (4,715), completions (2,898), passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage (61.5% – third best in NFL history at the time of his retirement). He also posted a club-high 13 regular season 300-yard passing games during his career.
Dallas Mavericks – Basketball (American Airlines Center)
The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA in 1980-81 and quickly became a competitive franchise. With premium draft selections the team steadily improved through the 1980’s – Dallas looked like a team of the future. Then in the early 1990’s the Mavericks experienced one of the most precipitous declines in NBA history. The team’s descent was so complete that it twice threatened the worst single-season record ever recorded. But with a solid core of young, talented players, the Mavericks are climbing their way back up the NBA ladder and in 2006 played for the NBA Championship.
Texas Rangers – Baseball (Ameriquest Field)
On September 20, 1971, owner Bob Short received permission to move the Washington Senators to Arlington for the 1972 season. On April 1, 1994, a new era for the Texas Rangers began with the opening of Ameriquest Field in Arlington. The beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270-acre complex. Ameriquest Field in Arlington, completed in just 23 months, is a state-of-the-art building with the utmost in customer convenience. Yet, the 49,115 seat open-air ballpark was designed and built with tradition and intimacy in mind, containing features such as granite and brick facade, exposed structural steel , an asymmetrical playing field, and a home run porch in right field. This unique complex also includes a baseball museum, a children’s learning center, and a four-story office building within the ballpark and a youth baseball park, a 12-acre lake, and parks and recreation space on the perimeter.
Dallas Stars – Hockey (American Airlines Center)
Many people do not realize that the roots of professional hockey in Dallas date back to the fall of 1941. It was a strange and unusual site, as the Fair Park Ice Arena welcomed the sport from the North to the citizens of Dallas for the first time. Advertised in the papers as “The most dangerous game in the world…murder on ice, it has been called…with playing speed, flashing blades and crashing bodies,” the lights came up on a debut unlike any other. In recent years, the Dallas Stars became a perennial hockey powerhouse.
The Cotton Bowl at Fair Park
Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park continues to host a variety of events. In 1994, the Cotton Bowl was chosen as one of six United States venues for World Cup Soccer and was host to international soccer games in 1995 and 1996. The Cotton Bowl events include the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic, Major League Soccer Dallas Burn home games, the State Fair Classic football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners continue to attract thousands of fans from all over the world.