ARLINGTON—Three, two, one! BOOM!
A new era for the Dallas Cowboys started off with an explosive grand opening at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It had all of the pomp and pageantry of a modern day Roman coliseum.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the stage with the giant stadium behind him proclaiming, "Anybody that's got any Cowboy on em at all, or has ever had it on, I want them when they walk in here to say that's my Dallas Cowboys. That's what this is about."
V-i-p's and gridiron gladiators from Cowboys past watched a ribbon cutting ceremony like no other as the massive glass doors opened up, breaking the bigger than life banner that read Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Cowboys legend Bob Lilly said, "The outside is spectacular. It will get somebody's attention."
They used to call the Houston Astrodome the 8th wonder of the world, but the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium is so big you can fit an Astrodome inside of it and Jerry Jones says none of this would have happened if it weren't for the legacy of players like Bob Lilly and Michael Irvin.
"Awww, it's incredible. It's incredible," said Hall of Fame Cowboy Michael Irvin. "The only thing that's wrong is, I'm a little too old to run out on that field. But, I'm going to run out anyway and just pretend and dream and daydream."
Jones says this stadium dream was more than a billion dollars and five years in the making. It can hold more than 100,000 fans and has two of the world's biggest video screens that run along each sideline.
From franchise players to fans, they say the new stadium is an inspiring blend of architecture and awe.
"I can't believe that its bigger than life. It's larger than life," said Cowboys fan Beth Allen.