After Texas Stadium Implodes, Then What?

Transportation department to use property as staging area for highway construction

After Texas Stadium is imploded, the Texas Department of Transportation will use the property for as long as seven years as a staging area for highway construction, Irving city officials said.

A long-term plan for the property is still in the works, officials said.

“We have a lot of good, quality ideas,” said Chris Wallace, president of the Irving Chamber of Commerce. "It could be a high end mixed-use development. Large public art pieces -- there's a lot of possibilities there to make sure that is a grand entrance to the city of Irving."

The city has a total of 400 acres to develop, including the property where the stadium is located and surrounding land.

Texas Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys from 1972 until the team moved to its new stadium in Arlington last year, is set to be imploded the morning of April 11.

About 2,000 pounds of explosives will be used to bring down the icon in stages. The entire demolition will take about a minute, city officials said.

The location, in the heart of the metroplex at the intersection of highways 183 and 114,  is seen as prime property. A DART rail line is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. A developer of outlet malls has an option to buy 40 acres nearby.

If the city finds a developer, the transportation department has agreed to find a new staging area, Wallace said.

"There's a lot of good things in the works,” he said. “Nothing final yet, but the good news is we have time to make sure that at the end of the day, it's a good quality development just like it has served the region for many years."

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