City of Irving




Irving is the location of Texas Stadium, the home park of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Irving was founded in 1903 by J.O. “Otto” Schulze and Otis Brown. It is believed that literary author Washington Irving was a favorite of Netta Barcus Brown, and consequently the name of the townsite, Irving, was chosen. Irving Texas originally began in 1889 as an area called Gorbit, and in 1894 the name changed to Kit. Irving was incorporated April 14, 1914, with Otis Brown as the first mayor.

City of Irving Information

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Location: State of Texas, central southern USA.

Mayor: Herbert Gears

Dialling code: 1.

Population: 1,232,940 (city); 6,003,967 (metropolitan area).

Time zone: GMT – 6 (GMT – 5 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Electricity: 110 volts AC, 50Hz; flat two-pin plugs are standard.

Airport: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


Average January temperatures: 6.5ºC (43.5ºF).

Average July temperatures: 29.5ºC (85.5ºF).

Annual rainfall: 856mm (33 inches).

By the early 1960s the city had a population of approximately 45,000. A number of manufacturing plants operated in Irving, along with transportation, retail and financial businesses. The University of Dallas in Irving opened in 1956, and Texas Stadium was completed in 1971 as the home park of the Dallas Cowboys. Irving’s population reached 155,037 in 1990 and is currently (2006) estimated at 201,927. Former Irving City Council member Mayor Herbert Gears was elected to a three-year term in June, 2005.


Message From Mayor of Irving Texas Herbert A. Gears

“As the Dallas Cowboys transition to their new home, the world famous Texas Stadium area is left as prime real estate ready for re-development. Working in cooperation with surrounding landowners, the University of Dallas and Southwest Premier Properties, the City of Irving hired RTKL Associates, an international architectural firm, to sketch out opportunities for the site in 2005.

Capitalizing on the site’s unique location, RTKL mapped out a variety of planning scenarios. Transportation engineering specialists Kimley-Horn worked in partnership with RTKL to develop the preliminary considerations from a transportation standpoint. Each option featured extensive use of the site’s transportation features, direct connections to the Trinity River Park system and integration of transit-oriented principles designed to capitalize on the DART light rail line that will pass through the revitalized district.

The development capacity within the total acreage is substantial, especially if developed to prime urban densities. It makes sense from a land-planning perspective to consider the opportunities that exist with intense urban development because the infrastructure is already in place to accommodate it. Additionally, more than $700 million in transportation investment is committed for the expansions of State Highways 183 and 114, as well as Loop 12, to include light rail, bridge reconstruction, roads, ramps and more.

The Forest City Proposal incorporated all these considerations into their proposal and vision for the site, and we are excited to have entered into exclusive negotiations with them to create a detailed development agreement.”

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