IRVING, Texas – In addition to being the Cowboys' first Monday Night Football game of the season and the first football contest of October, Monday's matchup will also support a greater cause.
The game against the Bears will be dedicated to breast cancer awareness, and will include a halftime show with 250 survivors and 250 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders alumni and dancers.
Before the game, Cirque Du Soleil will be performing three mini-acts from its critically acclaimed "Kooza" show on the East Plaza stage at 6:45 p.m. for 15 minutes at Cowboys Stadium. Other entertainment in the East Plaza will include the piano playing of Jason Dee Williams and his band from 7:10-7:40 p.m.
A free zip line and mechanical bull ride are among the new additions provided in the expanded Kids Zone in the West Plaza this year. Also included are more inflatable games, face painting, balloon animals and the Play 60 kids' workout area.
The Texas Boys Choir, comprised of 50 youth members from Fort Worth, will sing the national anthem.
In sticking with the theme of breast cancer awareness and breast cancer awareness month, players, coaches, cheerleaders and officials will wear pink on their uniforms during the game.
Every home game will have its own theme, with Halloween coming next for the Oct. 28 matchup against the Giants.