Are you thinking of attending a Dallas Cowboys football game at AT&T Stadium? No matter if you are road tripping, flying or just taking a cab across town, there are a lot of details to consider. I’ve compiled this page to help you with questions you might have to make your Dallas Cowboys gameday a memorable experience.
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Dallas Cowboys Tickets
AT&T Stadium is an amazing venue to watch a football game. It’s one of those stadiums that people travel from all over the country to check out and catch a game. The huge video board right above the stadium is great when you are watching replays but can be somewhat distracting if you are above about the 300 level of the stadium.
If you are going the standing room only “Party Pass” i’d recommend getting there right when the doors open (stadium doors open two hours prior to kickoff) and hurrying up to your desired spot to get a good spot on the rail. Leaning on the rail can make a huge difference in how much your feet hurt during the game. It’s a good idea to go with a group so someone can protect your spot on the rail when you need to get food or use the restroom.
If there aren’t tickets available via the Dallas Cowboys, you can check with the secondary ticket outlets below.
AT&T Stadium is located in Arlington, which is pretty much right in the middle of the DFW Metroplex. You can fly into two large airports…DFW International or Love Field. If you’re flying Southwest Airlines, you’ll want to look at Love Field. It’s a little easier to get in and out of but a little further from Arlington than DFW International.
If you’re flying private, you’ll want to fly into Arlington would be the closest (KGKY is the airport identifier) but it’s gonna be the busiest, but they do a pretty good job of handling game weekend traffic. If you want not very busy, you can fly into Spinks (KFWS) which is in Burleson south of Fort Worth. It’s a little longer drive but will have a lot less plane traffic to deal with. Meachem (KFTW) is also another choice if you’re staying in Fort Worth.
Check out Baker Aviation if you’re looking for charter info.
Hotels in the area
There are a few hotels in the Arlington area but you can also stay in the downtown Fort Worth or Dallas areas as well. The Omni Hotel has a location in Dallas and Fort Worth and is one of my favorites. There shouldn’t be a ton of traffic for the Sunday games, so depending on construction and your location, you should be able to get to the Arlington area within 30-40 minutes from most areas of the metroplex.
There are a few companies that will take care of everything for you…including travel, hotel, game tickets, etc. I haven’t used any of these companies myself but if you have, let us know in the comments below which one you have used and your experience with them.
Star Sports Tours (Official Travel partner of the Dallas Cowboys)
Getting to the game
You can Uber to the game from either Fort Worth or Dallas pretty easily. If it’s a Sunday game, you’ll probably be looking at 25 minutes or so from either downtown area. Keep in mind though…as you get closer to game time, the premium Uber costs might kick in. It’s also a pretty long wait and more expensive to get an Uber after the game is over, so make sure you plan accordingly.
There are also plenty of places you can be dropped off very close to the stadium. If someone is picking you up after the game, it’s almost impossible to get close to the stadium after an event because all of the roads turn into one way streets going away from the stadium. It takes around an hour for traffic to be back to normal flows after an event.
There are a number of official Cowboys lots around the stadium. There are also many private lots along Collins Street that allow parking and tailgating. If you are willing to walk, there are cheaper private lots if you drive south on Collins.
What to do before the game
Tailgating is allowed at most of the lots around AT&T Stadium as well as in the private lots. The lots usually open about 5 hours before kickoff and most of the lots do not have individually numbered spaces, so you’ll want to get there early if you want to tailgate. Most tailgaters usually set up some of their tailgating stuff before lot opening time, then pull their cars around in front of their spot when the lots open.
There are also a lot of restaurants around the stadium. Some might even let you park there for the game, but make sure to check with restaurant management before you leave your vehicle. Some of my favorite in the area are Pappasito’s (probably a little far of a walk) and Buffalo Wild Wings to watch other games before and after the Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys Tailgating Policies (click on the tailgating subheading towards the bottom of the page). These rules only apply to official Cowboys lots, so if you’re planning on parking in a private lot, make sure to check with the rules for that lot.
Get your Cowboys Gear
There is a couple of pro shops inside the stadium but they are sometimes crowded and can get pretty pricey. Many of the local stores like Target, Wal-Mart (there’s one across the street from AT&T Stadium) and Academy are great places to gear up. Arlington is a pretty large city and most of the shopping can be found in the Parks Mall area around interstate 20.
There are also great areas to shop in Grapevine (north of Arlington) and Grand Prairie (south of the stadium).
NFL Bag Policy
This is a big one….I don’t know how many times people have left a tailgate and returned 15 minutes later to put their purse/bag back in the car. Make sure you check out the clear bag policy in the link below before your trip so you can plan accordingly.
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