Will The Cowboys Open The NFL's New Stadiums?


FRISCO, Texas – This coming season is a big one for stadium openings in the NFL.

Finally, after years of development, the two premier pieces of recent franchise relocation will come to fruition. SoFi Stadium, which will host both the Rams and the Chargers in Los Angeles, and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas are both set to open their doors for the 2020 season.

That presents a fun opportunity for the Dallas Cowboys and for their owner/general manager, Jerry Jones. It feels like ancient history at this point, but Jones was instrumental piece of these location changes.

"It always was about Los Angeles, and what Los Angeles and those great fans that we have out there mean to the NFL," Jones said back in 2016, when the move was announced. "It's just natural to have the Los Angeles Rams be in Los Angeles."

The Cowboys helped welcome the Rams back to that market, as they played the first preseason game at the L.A. Coliseum prior to the 2016 season – a game that ironically turned out to be Dak Prescott's first on-field appearance.

From the sounds of it, Jones would be in favor of a similar situation in 2020.

"I was excited to play that first preseason game against the Rams there in the Coliseum," he said last week at the NFL Combine. "If possible I'd like to be their first game -- both teams, first game -- which is not impossible."

Jones was referring to both the Rams and the Raiders, and he's not wrong. The Rams are one of the Cowboys' eight road opponents this season, so the opportunity is clearly there for that matchup to open the 2020 season.

If the Cowboys were to open Allegiant Stadium against the Raiders, it'd have to be in a preseason game – but that feels feasible. After all, the Cowboys have played preseason games in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle in just the last decade.

Only time will tell, but it has the potential for a memorable start to the 2020 season.