Mola Lenghi, Arlington Journalist
Nearly 2,000 players will take the field at Cowboys Stadium this week during the All-American Offense-Defense Bowl and football tournament.
Some of the best high school football players and the top college football prospects in the nation are in Arlington this week.
They will showcase their talents during the All-American Offense-Defense Bowl and football tournament.
Nearly 2,000 players ranging from seventh-graders to high school underclassmen -- including 88 All-Americans -- will take the field at Cowboys Stadium.
The annual event is meant to showcase the top high school prospects in the nation to college scouts, who'll also be on hand throughout the week.
The nearly 2,000 athletes, family members who came to watch them and college recruiters and coaches are expected to have a significant economic impact on Arlington.
"The bed nights that we've gotten here and generated has been tremendous, especially when you consider the time of year," said Rick Whittier, president of Offense-Defense Sports. "This is normally a very quiet time of year for Arlington."
It is the first year the event has been at Cowboys Stadium, and event organizers say they're impressed.
"In one word: Wow. We started this thing ... at the Orange Bowl down in Miami, and that was pretty exciting for all the kids, but this is just a new dimension," Whittier said. "This thing, this event, this chance to travel to Arlington and participate in this stadium -- the Taj Mahal of football houses -- is just something special."
Events at Cowboys Stadium kick off on Wednesday and run through Friday. The main event -- the All-American Bowl -- is on Thursday. Tickets are available to the public.