Cowboys Christen Crown Jewel

Team and fans win during first preseason game

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    Cowboys fans paid homage to the new stadium Friday night.

    The Dallas Cowboys made history opening their new stadium to the football faithful Friday night.

    The Cowboys defeated the Titans 30-10 in a game that was secondary to the stadium's grand football opening.

    "It was incredible," Romo said, comparing the atmosphere to a regular-season game. "It's really exciting to be a part of something this special. It's only going to continue and get better as the year goes on."

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    The Cowboys won the game and the fans were in awe of the new stadium in Arlington

     In the first football game at the nearly $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium, Romo looked right at home, going 18 of 24 for 192 yards.

    Thousands of fans rushed in when the doors opened two hours before kickoff, many eager to see just how humongous the overhead video boards are and some simply in a hurry to claim the best standing-room spots. By the time players walked through a club packed with fans to get to the field, they were all smiles about finally getting to play in this place they've heard so much about for so long.

    "The electricity that we felt just prior to the opening kickoff was really special," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who spent more than $825 million on the building, the rest of the $1.15 billion tab picked up by city taxpayers. "A great night. A great crowd. And an event we will remember for a long, long time."

    Perhaps the most notable stadium nugget Friday night was that Tennessee's rookie punter A.J. Trapasso kicked the ball into the bottom of the massive video boards, forcing a do-over. He almost hit it on that kick, too.

    The screen -- which is 60 yards wide and 25 yards high -- was an inviting target for Trapasso and starter Craig Hentrich during pregame warmups. Both hit it multiple times.