Farewell Texas Stadium

Hey Cowboy Fans!

I hope this finds you all well. Until a moment ago, my heart was heavy about the Farewell of Texas Stadium. A very dear friend sent a video to me tonight. It was Yogi Berra talking about the end of Yankee Stadium. Now, I’m no Yankee fan but I know who Yogi is and I was touched by his words. I found a great deal of inspiration and strength in this 2 minute video… and I shed a few more tears because he was right.

I realized that I won’t miss this place. It will live on forever through US… the fans. We have priceless memories inside of each of us that, if we think real hard, we can go back to that moment in time and live it over and over again. Soon, we will move into our new home… a home even more worthy of America’s Team; even though we never thought we would see the day that something could replace our beloved Texas Stadium.

During the three days at Farewell Fest, I met fans of all ages that were eager to share the most amazing stories of the Cowboys and Texas Stadium. Thankfully, I was with friends that kept me laughing or I might have spent the weekend in tears! I was having the hardest time with this because as long as I can remember, Texas Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys have been hand in hand. I heard stories of joy and celebration, heart-ache and disappointment… and everything in between. There was one common theme to these stories that was unspoken between us but understood: WE ARE FANS OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS and we will follow them where ever they may go.

The other unspoken theme that I did not realize until I watched this video of Yogi Berra was: Texas Stadium WILL live on forever. While this seems like the end, it is really only the beginning! This move opens doors to us that we had only experienced in our dreams: a Super Bowl in our house, for instance! The idea of this opens the doors to many more dreams like our Dallas Cowboys WINNING a Super Bowl at home and much MUCH more! Like the Dallas Cowboys, we can now enjoy these thoughts that are larger than life in a stadium that can be seen from space!

I am not old enough to remember Texas Stadiums first moments of glory. I have said many times, “Man, I wish I had been there then.” I AM GOING TO GET MY CHANCE!! My children will some day sit down with their grandchildren and say, “Your great-grandma and great-grandpa took me to Texas Stadium when I was your age. They were there the first time the Cowboys played in the stadium in Arlington.”

WOW! I get my chance and SO DO YOU!! Suddenly, I am no longer heart heavy. I am more excited than ever!! So, to my friend that send me the video of Yogi: THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my star-shaped heart! I will not soon forget that through the miles and miles that separate us, you understood what I was going through and knew exactly what I needed to see and hear. Which, of course, reminds me of how lucky I am… HOW LUCKY WE ALL ARE right here, right now… to be FANS OF THE GREATEST NFL TEAM IN THE WORLD!

And, I’m lucky to be friends with the GREATEST FANS of the GREATEST TEAM: America’s Team! For that, I want give each of you a personal THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to come into your lives each week. I suddenly feel like the luckiest fan in the world and I hope you do, too.

I’m going to close with two videos I made special for you… My LoneStarStruck family and friends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed having the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time.

COWBOYS FOR LIFE!!
Shelby

PS. The second video gives you information about where you can see MORE videos from Farewell Fest such as: player interviews, sights and sounds and much much more!

Comments
  1. Damian

    love the article! i loved how you described your kids to be among the first there to talk about their experience for decades to come.
    i am a die hard dodgers fan (as i am a cowboys fan) but one of my greatest exprience was to be among the first at the san francisco giants first official game at at&t park back in 2000. i took my little nephew with me & we had first row club level seats by 3rd base, it was awesome! the great feeling for me knowing how that kid to this day talks & brags about being there at the very first official game. The message here Shelby is that the greater reward you will feel is 10-20 years down the road & everytime you hear them tell that story to your grandkids :-)
    btw: the dodgers not only beat them stinking giants that day but went on and swept them in that series!

  2. Nate

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Shelby. Hope to be a part of the new stadium and share the stories with my grandchildren as well.
    God Bless,
    Nate

  3. Jon

    This is one of the best blogs i’ve read Shelby! Your exactly right. This is a NEW beginning and one that I will share with (hopefully) my grandkids one day!!! I can’t say i’ll be there for their first home game but I will try my best. Living in Missouri and with a very demanding job, it will be tough. I do actually have a vacation coming up in August, so cross your fingers that the wife and I will pull into the parking lot for the tailgate party of the century!!!!!!! Thanks again for sharing this with us and have an awesome week!!
    ~HOW BOUT THEM COWQBOYS~

  4. Kelly Horn

    Thank you so much for sharing these memories with us. I wish I could have been there, you have no idea how much I wish I was there.
    You talked about Yankee Stadium, well Im a Die Hard New York Mets fan, and we had to say goodbye to Shea Stadium as well. That was very hard too.
    But saying goodbye to an old friend also means saying hello to something new and exciting. The beautiful new home will serve is well and make us proud!
    God Bless and Go Cowboys!

  5. Girl I only got to meet you one time briefly at the Tampa Bay game this year…but I went to several games this season because I felt that I just had to be there. That I needed to be there in order to be a part of the History of the last season at Texas Stadium.
    I am a Cowboys Fan thanks to my Dad and my Dad passed away in August of 06 so he did get to see much of the new stadium, but he is in Heaven with Tom Landry looking down on all of these great cowboys fans and he will be there in spirit with the Cowboys when they take the field for the first time at the New Stadium.
    Thanks for all of your post, thanks for all of your pictures and most of all thanks for being you!
    Goooo Cowboys!

  6. Nicole V.

    Great Blog. Love the pictures :-) I am so glad that we got to enjoy the Farewell Fest together and I am looking forward to next season.
    Love ya,
    Nicole
    And yes, Cowboys fans are the best fans in the world.
    GO COWBOYS

  7. I am so happy that you all enjoyed that! I just couldn’t wait to share with you! If you weren’t there physically, you were there with me in my heart. And if you don’t believe me – ASK ROY!! You are all I could talk about!
    Poor Roy had to deal with me & my crazy antics for three days. I’m sure he was glad when Monday arrived… A BREAK FROM ME!! haha!!
    Nicole, it just made my day to be able to share the experience with you! I hope you were able to get everything you wanted from Jerry’s yard sale! I don’t know about you but… I WANTED EVERYTHING!! So, I did the next best thing – I TOUCHED IT!! haha!
    Debbie, I hope we can spend a lot of time together this season! I hated we only had like a split second before the game started. We’ll have to do that again & do it right this time, okay??
    My star-shaped heart over-flows with COWBOY LOVE for all of you!

  8. Raina

    Shelby like your blog but the video I loved! I can’t believe you bought Stanback’s locker sign! OMG I really think he is going to be a star! I enjoyed it you made me feel like I was there! Thank you for the sweetie! Can I be your BFF for just one day? lol you have such a great life!

  9. I like Stanback & I think so, too! I had the opportunity to meet him last season; nice guy with a smile that can be seen for miles. I would know him any where… even the Dallas Car Show! hehehe!
    You bet!! Come tag along ANY TIME!!
    I enjoy sharing all of this with you guys as much as I enjoy meeting and mingling with our favorite people: The Dallas Cowboys!!
    We have plans for some cool stuff coming up soon! When I get confirmation, I’ll share the info! It would be REAL COOL if you (and you and you and you…) could make it!!