If you are new to Arlington, you may find this alluring and interesting. Arlington is not only a land for sight-seeing and eye candy, but also a land with a lot of treasures and secrets hidden behind the bricks of its iconic historical and cultural sites. There are numerous age-old, long-standing buildings in the city that speaks a lot about the city's untold or not-so-popular facts. If you will wander through its streets and various corners, you will come to know how interesting its history has always been and how the city is blessed with one-of-its-kind wonders and firsts. This article could be an eye-opener for many who don't really know the city well. Read on to discover more.
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1. Arlington city was named after the popular United States Confederate Robert E. Lee’s hometown which is based in Virginia.
2. Prior to Las Vegas, Arlington was the largest gambling spot in the United States in the ‘30s and ‘40s.
3. The most-bought and munched snack at stadiums of United States, Ballpark nachos was invented at the Arlington Stadium, which was formerly famous as the home of the Texas Rangers.
4. Arlington Stadium is also popular as the birthplace of “dot race”.
5. Two longest arches in the world, namely, world’s largest HDTV video board and world’s largest sliding glass doors are based at Arlington's renowned AT&T Stadium. Interestingly, the construction cost of the center-hung HDTV monitor surpassed the construction cost of the old Texas Stadium.
6. Surprisingly, it was never a sporting event the AT&T Stadium started off with. It was rather a musical concert featuring America's music wizards, namely, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack.
7. According to Guinness World Records, The Texas SkyScreamer based at Six Flags Over Texas is the Tallest Swing Carousel ride in the world.
8. Once in February 2010, 108,713 people attended the NBA All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium. The figure turned out to be the highest-attended basketball game in the history ever and set a new Guinness World Record.
9. AT&T Stadium hosted the Men’s Final Four “March Madness” NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 2014.
10. Arlington is home to world-famed the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, U.S. Bowling Congress, the Bowling International Training & Research Center, and the Bowling Proprietors Association of United States.
11. The world-renowned International Bowling Hall of Fame campus i situated in this gorgeous city of Texas.
12. By population, Arlington is considered the 50th largest city in the United States.
13. The noted entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie, who was the founder of TOMS shoes, was born and brought up in Arlington.
14. World's largest and oldest “High IQ Society” i.e., American Mensa is headquartered at Arlington.
15. The Arlington General Motors Plant is famed as the only plant in the world that produces Tahoes, Yukons, Surburbans, and Escalades. The foundation of the plant was laid in 1954.
16. The Planetarium at UT-Arlington is popular as one of the largest systems in the entire Southwest. The major highlights of this facility are a 60-foot diameter dome and state-of-the-art Digistar 4 DLP Projection System.
17. The notable College Park Center at University of Texas was once honored being on Billboard.com’s 'Top 10 new or renovated venues of 2012'.
18. There are a few proud names who were once UTA’s alum: U.S. Army General Tommy Franks; Kalpana Chalwa who was the famous mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia; and Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who earned popularity for his depiction of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba.
19. The first regional theme park in the United States, i.e., Six Flags Over Texas is based in Arlington. It opened its doors for visitors on August 1, 1961.
20. The famous Cowboys Stadium, which is situated in Arlington, is fondly called the "Death Star" because of its vastness. It was built to pay a tribute to the planet-destroying space station in "Star Wars.'' It is also named "Jerry Dome" to honor Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
21. Cowboys Stadium features the largest HD video screen in the world.
22. Arlington has earned the status of being the world's largest city with no fixed-route public transportation.
23. “The World’s First Frozen Margarita Machine” was invented in Arlington by the reputed and renowned Mariano’s owner Mariano Martinez In 1971.
24. The residents of Arlington are fondly called Arlingtonians.
25. The city was founded in 1876 and incorporated on April 21, 1884.
26. The government type of the city is council-manager.
27. The metal group Pantera was created by two brothers, Vinnie Paul Abbott and Darrell Abbott who are the world-famed music wizards and belong to Arlington.
28. Theatre Arlington is also based in Arlington. It is famed as one of the largest community theatres in the United States.
29. The city is fondly called "Aggtown".