Strait Set For Stadium Opening

George Strait will headline the grand opening of the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium on June 6. “I grew up in South Texas and have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan,” says the recent Grammy winner who will share the bill that day with Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough.

The $1.1 billion facility has seating for 80,000 and can expand to accommodate 100,000. Besides being the home of the Cowboys, it will host the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the 2011 Super Bowl, the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. The stadium has the world’s largest HD quality video board, an expansive retractable roof, and the world’s largest retractable end zone doors.

Before Strait heads to Dallas, he will be honored on April 6 with the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade award in Las Vegas. The 19-time ACM winner also received four nominations for this year’s show.

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