BTB Mailbag: When Will Cowboys Stadium Present A Home-Field Advantage For Dallas?

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

One of our readers wants to know why Cowboys Stadium doesn't seem to offer much of the "friendly confine" feel that it should, and what can be done about it.

Ask BTB is alive and well. Hopefully, you've been enjoying the various articles we've been kicking out in response to your great questions. Well, keep them coming! You can send us the questions in a variety of formats.

  1. Ask us on Twitter. Go follow @BloggingTheBoys and if your question is less than 140 characters, use hashtag '#AskBTB' and I'll add it to the docket.
  2. Send an Email. If you have a lengthy question, or if you're one of our 10's of thousands of lurkers that prefers to remain non-public, just send an email to me at KDP10For10@gmail.com with the subject "Ask BTB".

On to this post's question!

Is there a way Jason Garrett and his staff can make Cowboys Stadium more of a home field advantage this season? (Cowboys are 17-15 in regular season games in the new place…) – Rome One

Tom: Yeah. It’s called WINNING. Home field advantages in the NFL are made, not some kind of automatic thing. You don’t have student bodies that are going to come out and support the team in lean years as well as good. Memories are especially short for NFL fans. Everyone knows what a home field advantage the Seattle Seahawks have, but where was it all those years when the Seahawks were just an afterthought in a weak division? It’s the same in just about any NFL venue. Put together a few losing seasons, and the home field advantage fades away. Start winning games, the fans (even in Dallas) start getting involved, and the house gets a lot tougher for the visitor. There aren’t any special tricks here, or Jerry Jones would have it dancing in skimpy clothes already. The wins have to come first to build a real home field advantage.

Archie: The sound at Cowboys Stadium has always been an issue. I don't know if Jason Garrett and his staff can make more of a home field advantage, but the crowd did become more energized throughout the season last year when the Cowboys began to use their gigantic scoreboard more in order to motivate the crowd into becoming louder at the right times. If the Cowboys continue to feed their fans motivational and cameo appearances from the players and coaches on the scoreboard, then I believe that Cowboys Stadium will become harder to play in.

KD: Interesting note I saw the other day on Twitter:

Shocking, isn’t it? Of course I had to explain to poor Russell Baxter that I wasn't questioning his research, but was rather speaking to the fact that Cowboys fans would never believe it to be true. The Cowboys might be tied for the NFC East's best home record over the last 10 years, but is the "home viewing" fan complaining about those in-stadium anything new for us?

There's truth in what Tom says about home-field advantage being built through winning, though there are fanbases around the league that are more revered than others for being intelligent, supportive fans. I can't pretend like I didn't hear from several of my friends that traveled to JerryWorld that they spent most of the game in awe of the complex and video screen.

I will say, that when I went to two games at the old Texas Stadium in '07, those crowds were really loud, especially for the "undefeated tilt" against the Patriots. It surprised me because it was nothing like what I thought I was hearing on TV. That's when you remember how much television production comes into play; they have control over how much of the crowd noise comes through to the viewing audience, and also the "looks" we receive of the in-game crowd.

Also, it could be worse, we could need to have a video like this made for us. Or do we already?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker