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Bringing Down the House

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Bringing Down the House
Cowboy Stadium pre-demolition efforts exterior
In less than a minute, it was over. Texas Stadium and its illustrious 38-year  history was gone thanks to one ton of explosives and almost six months of pre-demolition work. At a cost of $5.8M, the city of Irving brought down the house. The concrete removed from the lower bowl before the implosion was stockpiled and is being crushed into road base material for use by Texas Department of Transportation contractors and others. (Wanna see it? Have a hanky ready, Cowboys fans.)
Cowboy Stadium pre-demolition efforts interior
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber marketing and communications VP  Shawn Callaway says city leaders are considering multiple proposals for redevelopment of the site, which ranks among the top three or four intersections in all of North Texas because of its visibility. Currently, the city has a lease agreement with TxDOT to use this area as a staging site as it works on the surrounding highways, he says. But, if there's a developer out there who's interested in this prime piece of real estate, Shawn offered us some possibilities for redevelopment.
Rubble of Texas Stadium, post demolition
He says the 84-acre site  could be home to a major corporate HQ, a hotel, and a deck park over the highway. With a DART stop coming that connects downtown to DFW Airport, this development will become a year-round asset as opposed to the stadium which was unused for large portions of the calendar. Nearby, Irving will open a new convention center in December about five miles from the old stadium. A number of other future developments including Water Street, a mixed-use project similar to the West Village, are in the works, he adds.