Since joining the league as an expansion team in 1960, the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League have been a success on the field. “America’s Team” has been just as successful off the field and is considered to be one of the most valuable sports teams in North America. To top it all off, the Cowboys cheered on by the world famous Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, are a fan favorite franchise in the State of Texas, the United States and well beyond. For the past thirty-five years, Cowboys football has called Texas Stadium in the friendly city of Irving, Texas home. The community of Irving, located in the northeast corner of the State of Texas, got its start in 1889 as Gorbit, and was founded in 1903 by J.O. “Otto” Schulze and Otis Brown. It is believed to have received its name from the author Washington Irving. Incorporated in 1914, co-founder Otis Brown was Irving’s first mayor. Early in the twentieth century, Irving was home to churches, cotton gins, a blacksmith shop and a general store. In 1909 the Irving Public School District was established. The initial growth of Irving was slow but began to take off in the 1930s. The University of Dallas established itself in Irving and opened in 1956. In 1971 the Dallas Cowboys, who had called the Cotton Bowl in Dallas home since becoming an expansion team in 1960, moved to their own home, Texas Stadium, in Irving.
Situated in Dallas County, today the city of Irving boasts a population of just over 201,000 and is located within the metropolitan area referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Irving’s close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport makes it a popular business and corporate location. Although Irving is arguably best well known for being the home of the world famous NFL Dallas Cowboys, it is also home to many large business headquarters including Exxon Mobil, Kimberly-Clark, Omni Hotels and Chuck E. Cheese’s, to name just a few. It is also home ufabetดีมั้ย to Las Colinas, a planned community that includes corporate offices, luxury hotels, office towers, lakes, private country clubs, urban lofts and gated homes. The national headquarters of the Boy Scout of America is also located in Irving. As well, each spring, since opening in 1986 the Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort in Irving has hosted the Byron Nelson Championship PGA event.
The City of Irving has experienced much growth and prosperity since being incorporated in 1914. It is sure to continue to do so in the years to come. It will, however, have to do so without its most famous occupants, the Dallas Cowboys, and without one of its most famous landmarks, Texas Stadium. In 2009, things will change for the city of Irving and for the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and all t