For the first time since 1976, the NFL will stage a preseason game in Hawaii. This is big news for football fans in the Aloha State, and the Los Angeles Rams will play the Dallas Cowboys in Aloha Stadium on Saturday, August 17. The two very successful squads will be bringing plenty of talent across the Pacific Ocean for a game that will be very important in terms of prepping for a long and demanding 16-game season. Rams vs Cowboys Aloha Stadium Tickets are currently available to the general public.
Aloha Stadium is a gigantic venue in southern-Oahu that is owned by the State of Hawaii and has a impressive capacity of 50,000. It opened to the public in September of 1975, and the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers played a preseason game inside of the warm and comfortable confines in late-summer of 1976.
The venue is the permanent home of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football squad, which has had some amazing players grace the field since it opened well over 40 years ago. 49er Jesse Sapolu was a Pro Bowler in 1994, a full decade after he dominated the offensive line for the Rainbows in the early-80s. Longtime Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam is also a Hawaii graduate, as is former San Francisco linebacker Jeff Ulbrich. The latter is one of about 20 Hawaii graduates who have played in the NFL since the turn-of-the-century.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams have become a true force to be reckoned with since they made the move back to LA from St. Louis. They don’t quite have the aerial assault that “The Greatest Show on Turf” had when Kurt Warner was at the helm in the first years of the 21st century, but Jared Goff has proven to be an above-average passer who can get the ball down the field thanks to his many weapons. Running back Todd Gurley had a fantastic season in 2017 and most of 2018, but he actually platooned with a running back brought in the final weeks in advance of the Rams run to the Super Bowl, in which they only scored three points and loss to the Patriots in one of the lowest-scoring finally of all time.
Balls are expected to be flying all over the field in Hawaii, by starting quarterbacks aiming to polish their skills before the season opener, as well as backups and third and fourth stringers hoping to open enough eyes to sign on for this year and perhaps a few more.
The Dallas Cowboys got the moniker of “America’s Team” from owner Jerry Jones several years ago. Jones has done big things for the NFL over the years, and the Stadium he had an instrumental role in building in Arlington has proven to be an epicenter for all sorts of big-time football on all levels.
The Cowboys have traveled a bit of a rocky road in the last handful seasons, but they have remained competitive in what is arguably the most competitive professional sports league in the world. They have finished first in the NFC East in alternating years three of the last five seasons, but they’ve won just two postseason games in the process. The magic of Dak Prescott’s Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016 has faded a bit over the last few years, but he is still a very capable leader who has a solid grasp on one of the most coveted positions in all of professional sports – the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Looking at the Cowboys & Rams History
Both teams have a storied history. NFL fans in their mid-to-late 30s and older will likely remember a dominant Cowboys franchise that moved through most of the 1990s thanks the talents of quarterback Troy Aikman, record-holding running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin. The team was coached by Jimmy Johnson, one of the most larger than life figures to ever take to an NFL sideline. He had an ego, a signature haircut and a desire to win at all costs. In fact, the Dallas Cowboys teams of the early-90s were becoming so stacked, they actually facilitated the need for a salary cap. Johnson and Jones were combining to create a formula that was a bit too successful in the eyes of many others.
The Rams have crisscrossed from Southern California to the Midwest a couple times now, gaining fans and losing them in the process. When they hired head coach Sean McVay in the off-season leading up to the 2017 campaign, he became the youngest Head Coach in NFL history. Age has proven to not matter when it comes to leading his troops, and the Rams success is allowing them to reconnect with some fans who haven’t followed them closely since they played in Los Angeles before, which they did for a total of 49 years up until the conclusion of the 1994 season.
Both teams come into the season with high expectations. Savvy football fans know that the win-loss record means absolutely nothing in the preseason, but how much coaches are able to glean from what they see unfold before their own eyes goes a very long way to how a team will perform in the regular-season.
The NFL season is awesome for many ways, one of which is that it spans the actual natural seasons like no other. When games begin, players are sometimes sweating through their uniforms and requiring extensive amounts of fluids on the sidelines. By the time the high-stakes battles of the postseason arrive, players are bundled up to try to keep their inner temperature warm enough to perform at their very best in frigid wintry conditions. All fans can be sure that the weather is going to be real nice when the Rams and Cowboys take the field on August 17 for this highly-anticipated 2019 NFL Preseason Game. An array of NFL preseason Hawaii Tickets are available to all fans now.