Coppell has made a virtue of concrete. The ring of freeways that surrounds the town also shields it from Dallas’s sprawl, which means Coppell has been able to carve out a unique identity—no mean feat here—and close-knit community. Ice cream socials, outdoor concerts, and block parties fuel the small-town pride, as does Coppell High School, an academic standout whose sports teams and marching band routinely make the finals of state championships. One of Coppell’s selling points is its close proximity to DF/W International Airport. Part of D/FW’s property is located within Coppell’s city limits. At the time it opened in 1974, D/FW was the world’s largest airport sitting on approximately 18,000 acres. Since its opening, D/FW has grown to be one of the world’s busiest international airports, with nearly 60 million passengers passing through the gates annually.