It’s Football Season!
It is well known that across the United States that Texas is THE STATE for football. Football here is not just a pastime. It is an institution. It is a way of life. From pee-wee leagues through high school, to college and professional, no state does football like Texas. And no one in the country does football like the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Located halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, AT&T Stadium is, of course, home to the Dallas Cowboys. It is also one of the largest and most technologically advanced stadiums in the country. It has been home to record-breaking concerts, and some of the greatest football games played in recent memory. It has hosted the Final Four, WrestleMania, rodeos, boxing matches, and countless other events in its relatively short life. It is also the scene of some of America’s best tailgating.
We want our friends in the Fort Worth area to have a fantastic time tailgating for your Cowboys or any of the many college games that will be held at the AT&T Stadium between now and January, but we also want you to do it safely. Read on for some tips on how to best enjoy your tailgating experience.
AT&T Stadium has an astounding 24,000 parking spaces surrounding it. Tailgating is permitted around grassy areas surrounding most of the lots. It is, however, restricted in some places. Make sure it is allowed in your area before you pack up your grill, tent, chairs, and all the gear to make the perfect tailgate. You wouldn’t want to get there early, ready to fire up the burgers and barbecue, only to find out that tailgating isn’t allowed in your lot.
As with any stadium, there are strict rules that must be obeyed. These rules are all common sense and completely fair, but they are necessary to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, including you. All trash must be disposed of properly. No firearms or weapons are allowed, nor are deep fryers. Tailgating can start up to five hours before kickoff all the way up to two hours after the game ends (this applies for both the Cowboys games and college games). These are just a few of the rules, so make sure you acquaint yourself with all policies before you start having fun.
Since all tailgating areas are “first come, first serve,” make sure you get there in plenty of time to reserve a spot and get set up. There may be 24,000 parking spots, but tailgating is only allowed on the grassy areas near the lots. Furthermore, as we mentioned, not all lots allow tailgating. While 24,000 spots sound like a lot, AT&T Stadium can hold up to 105,000 people. It would be a shame if you were looking forward to a Sunday full of burgers and brews, only to find there is no place for you to set up camp. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you have of finding a great spot.
Keep it Safe
We all know tailgating can be a time of fun and fellowship with friends and family. You might even meet some new friends who share your undying love for the Cowboys (or the college team you are there to see). Part of this bonding can take place over ice-cold beers and free-flowing cocktails. That is all well and good, but you do have to take a measure of responsibility if you have been drinking alcohol.
First and foremost, you should never drive while intoxicated. A designated driver should always be a top priority if you plan on drinking while tailgating. You could do irreparable damage to yourself or someone else, not to mention running the risk of getting a DUI. It is always the best idea to give someone else the keys to your truck if you plan on bonding over beer or liquor.
Use Public Transportation
There is also the option of public transportation. AT&T Stadium is accessible from Dallas or Fort Worth by bus, train, or taxi. These alternate modes are safe, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. You might also find some of those similarly minded fans on one of those buses. Those can make for some great round trips with amazing new friends. It may seem a little inconvenient, but it is definitely far better than drinking and driving.
If you have been going to Cowboys games for a long time, you are probably familiar with all of these practices. However, Uber and Lyft and other rideshares have changed the face of transportation in recent years. With the proliferation of these conveniences, it is now easier than ever to get a sober ride to and from your tailgate. You can order rideshare from your phone, pay for it digitally, and it can be there whenever you need it. In Arlington, especially on game day, there is no shortage of drivers looking for fares.
Now, if you are the kind of responsible tailgater, that knows better than to drink and drive and loves to show his friends a great time at a Cowboys game, it might interest you to know that Frank Kent Chevrolet has a ton of trucks to help you be the ultimate tailgate host. What better vehicle to get all of your gear and friends to AT&T Stadium than a Chevrolet truck? Chevy trucks are world renowned for their ability to tow and haul incredible weights. There is no doubt they can get even the biggest grill to your favorite tailgate spot.
Not only that, the Chevy beds are built to handle all the coolers, tents, chairs and assorted extra stuff needed for Sunday Funday. There is more than enough room for all of that, as well as a comfortable and stable bed for any of your friends that wish to hang out back there. And, of course, there is the namesake of tailgating. As long as you are near the assigned grassy areas, you can enjoy the back of the Chevy truck in a way that truck designers of long ago never got to see.
Celebrating the Cowboys and Rangers
There is a lot to do near AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, where the Texas Rangers play. The area has a vibrant nightlife with bars, clubs, and restaurants. After a game, you can either celebrate a win with fellow Cowboy and Ranger fanatics, or you can commiserate with said fellow fanatics and say “we’ll get ’em next time.” It is a great place to enjoy the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene with some great fans.
However, there is nothing quite like the camaraderie one finds when tailgating. The smell of the grill, the noise of the crowd, the painted faces, the blue and silver jerseys all around you… These all build anticipation that takes you all the way up to kickoff, through an intense NFL game and (hopefully) another Cowboys’ win!
It’s only September, so we still have weeks and weeks of NFL and college football ahead of us. The Cowboys are in for what promises to be another exciting season, which we are sure will extend into January (maybe even on to February 2 in Miami!). We would love nothing more than to see our friends and neighbors in the Fort Worth area out at AT&T Stadium, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys at one of the most awesome tailgate parties in the country!