The O.K. Corral: Cowboys Bringing Back Popular Open-Air Party Tent
The Cowboys are "reviving the party tent known as the Corral, a gathering spot that came of age during the team’s 1990s glory years," according to Jeff Mosier of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The Miller Lite Corral in the west end zone plaza at AT&T Stadium "debuts Saturday for the preseason home opener" against the Ravens. The new Corral is an "update, but not that much fancier than the old tent." The 8,190-square-foot space -- "slightly larger than the old one -- should have room for about 1,000 people." The original Corral was created in '90 as a "focal point for after-game celebrations." The team already had one club "reserved for those with premium seats." But the party tent was "available to any fan with a ticket, although some had to pay an additional cover charge." Just outside the stadium, the new Corral will be an "open-air, covered plaza with a curved roof." It will "feature a DJ booth, bar, concession carts, live music stage and 18 televisions, including a 90-inch screen in addition to the portable big screens typically used in the plazas." Seating will be "added to an adjacent tree-lined grassy strip south of the Corral to create a beer garden." An "upstairs VIP area will be used by Miller to entertain its guests." The Corral will be "open before and after each home game." Last call is "planned for two hours after the game ends with closing time coming roughly a half-hour after that." The party tent "could sometimes stay open longer, for example, when a Sunday afternoon game is over and fans want to stay to watch that night's matchup." But not everything is "expected to be finished by Saturday's game," as some of the signage "won't be completed and not all the speakers will be installed" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/15).