IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are starting a
season-long farewell to Texas Stadium.
More than 20,000 fans turned out for a rare open practice
tonight, which was billed as the beginning of a "Farewell to Texas
Heavy rain about an hour before practice began gave way to
clearing skies -- by the time Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and company
came onto the field for a nearly two hour practice without pads.
It was the first such practice at the stadium in 17 years, and
was free to the public.
This is the final season the Cowboys will play at the stadium
with its famed hole in the roof, which opened in 1971.
Next season, they're moving into a new $1 billion-plus stadium
that's still being built about 17 miles away in Arlington.
It will host Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.
Dallas plays its first home preseason game Friday night against
the Houston Texans.
The Cowboys lost their first two preseason games at San Diego