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Five Things To Know About Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
If you've been in Austin on a fall Saturday since 1924, chances are you've heard the raucous strains of “Texas Fight!” echoing from the hallowed confines of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It's the home of the fearsome Texas Longhorns football team, a place where they have won around 80% of their home games on the way to becoming one of the nation’s most prestigious college-football programs. You can visit the stadium in the offseason, but the only way to truly experience it is on a football Saturday, when you can sing along with 100,000 of your closest fellow fans. Below, check out five fast facts:
- You can take a guided tour. They last 75 minutes and include stops at the stadium’s memorials (dedicated to Texas veterans of foreign wars) and the trophy room (home to Heismans and national championship trophies, as well as historical hardware such as the last-ever Southwest Conference championship trophy)
- It’s the 12th-largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 100,119—that’s 10,000 more than London’s massive Wembley Stadium.
- There's a Willie Nelson display in the north end of the stadium. A rotation of Willie’s gifts, awards, and other artifacts commemorate one of Texas’s most-beloved musicians.
- The stadium’s high-def scoreboard was once the country’s largest. It stands a massive 55 feet tall and 134 feet wide.
- The Longhorns tend to win here. As of October 2015, the Longhorns' home record is 510-131.