Totaling nearly $650 million, the new Dallas Cowboys' Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is a 2.3 million-square-foot venue scheduled to open for kickoff of the 2009 NFL season.

Initial preparation for the stadium began in 2005 with the concrete slab that forms part of the stadium floor poured in September 2006.

The stadium includes cast-in-place and precast elements to create a panoramic view of the stadium for spectators. Cast-in-place columns are poured and cured first. Then precast seating units are lifted into place.
The stadium includes cast-in-place and precast elements to create a panoramic view of the stadium for spectators. Cast-in-place columns are poured and cured first. Then precast seating units are lifted into place.

Approximately 200,000 cubic yards of concrete will be placed throughout the stadium, with up to 1500 cubic yards being poured on some days. Depending on the concrete application, concrete strengths vary—some with compressive strengths up to 6000 psi. The majority of the concrete is mixed at a batch plant located near the stadium.

Concrete applications include 4-foot-thick walls throughout the stadium and abutments that are 70 feet deep to support the retractable roof system. The roof also is supported by two 35-foot-deep and 15-foot-wide boxed arch trusses. Each steel truss spans 1290 feet, making the roof the longest clear-span structure in the world.

The location of the field is set 50 feet belowgrade, offering fans a panoramic view upon entering the stadium. A total of 1956 concrete columns as high as 10 stories currently are being poured to support the stadium's seating units and an exterior glass wall.

The seating bowl will consist of cast-in-place concrete coupled with pre-cast seating units.

Project Participants

  • Owner: Dallas Cowboys
  • Architect/engineer: HKS Inc., Dallas
  • Project management: Blue Star Development, Dallas
  • General contractor: Manhattan Construction Co., Dallas