Four ways the Dallas Cowboys can gain home field advantage
By Angel Torres
Since the inaugural season of AT&T Stadium (or Cowboys stadium as I like to call it) back in 2009, this home has not given the Dallas Cowboys a home-field advantage. The next wonder of the world has attracted people from all fanbases and gives them an opportunity to see where “America’s Team” resides.
The only problem with so many fans from other franchises spending big to see their team attempt to win in what some call the North Texas Cathedral is that a visiting team takeover can and has clearly happened on more than one occasion.
Some ridiculed the Washington Football team because they had had trouble filling their stadium with their own fans. But there have been a few Arlington games in the pre-Covid era where the stadium had more visible visiting team colors than I would prefer.
The stadium gives fans easy access to restrooms and concessions but there should have been more of an effort to design the stadium with crowd noise in mind.
If you didn’t know, the Seattle Seahawks built their partially open-air stadium with crowd noise as their ally. The Seahawks built their stadium closer and smaller to the field but was also built with materials that better reflect noise.
The curvature of the roof allows noise to bounce back onto the field creating an immediate and hostile environment.
While most teams have to prepare for crowd noise when on the road, an extra set of attention has to be paid when visiting a stadium like Seattle. Silent counts and hand gestures have to be worked out in order to combat the loud atmosphere. It isn’t uncommon for teams to try and make their visitors uncomfortable in order to gain an edge.
I still remember rumors of the old New York Giants stadium workers opening multiple doors in their stadium tunnel in order to create a swirling wind on the field in order to gain a competitive advantage. There have also been multiple teams investigated for pumping fake crowd noise through their PA system in order to try and make their stadium louder.
Green Bay Packers quarterback looks like he is very comfortable every time he plays in Dallas and I have to wonder how different the outcome would have been if AT&T Stadium was as loud as Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The only competitive advantage the team has is the sun can sometimes blind opponents during a game depending on the time of day. This “advantage” could also hurt the Cowboys so I’m not sure how competitive that is.
The point I am trying to make is teams will try just about anything to create a home-field advantage and since the NFL has come up with multiple rules to try and limit the noise, it has now fallen upon the fans to defend the home turf.
I have come up with four suggestions that could possibly help the on-field product with the help of a little off-field ingenuity.