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#1 Highhorse

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:12 AM

If you have questions about coming to Dallas for a game or suggestions for folks who are, then please post them here.

 

Topics that have been of interest are dining, tailgating, area attractions and out of area attractions for extended stays.  We encourage anyone to whom is coming to visit and see a Cowboys game to read the posts and links or to ask your questions here.  Hopefully the many repeated questions will have a single source for answers.

 

For you who are local or have knowledge of the area and wish to share great places for visitors to attend, by all means, please let us know.  But we don't want to hear how your cousin Billy has a room to rent and his wife is a darn good cook.

 

This thread is to help folks with coming to a Dallas Cowboys game and making it a fun experience and a one stop place for answers for their visit.

 

Mods have the right to remove any posts they deem irrelavant or not pertaining to the thread.

 

 


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:59 AM

Lets start with dining....

 

For couples I initially recommend Papa Deaux's, its a seafood oriented, but serves more, restaurant.  Pricing on a scale of 1-5, I'd say 3.5.  Others in this relm are Texas De Brazil, Fogo De Chao and Houston's.

 

Other places would be Bone Daddy's (BBQ, eye candy), Twin Peaks (eye candy, comfort food) and the Wingstop (real good wings with good variety).  Others would be Hooters (comfort food, eye candy), Dickey's (BBQ, good spicey sausage) and most any BBQ place you can find is pretty good.

 

Beer pub crawl...

 

If your a beer conaseaur, you may like these.... http://www.brewtrail...exas-breweries/

http://www.beeradvoc.../place/city/31/

http://blogs.dallaso...h_texas_cra.php

 

Reid1boys (a long time site member) recommends this place (post #115 in this thread):

70 plus beers on tap, good music and entertainment

The Ginger Man:

2718 Boll Street
Dallas, TX 75204

(214) 754-8771

 

Area Attractions.....

 

Stadium tours of course, Texas Speedway tour in Ft Worth, Cavanaugh Flight Museum (historic planes and flghts available), Six Flags amusement park (lots of roller coasters and other theme park rides).

 

Stadium tours- http://attstadium.co...rs/tourInfo.cfm

Dallas World Aquarium- http://dwazoo.com/

Museum of the American Railroad- http://www.museumoft...anrailroad.org/

Sixth Floor Museum (President Kennedy Assasination)- http://www.partner.v.../d296-3447AUDIO

Six Flags- http://www.sixflags....exas/index.aspx

TX Motor Speedway- http://www.texasmoto...t-us/contact-us

The Stockyards (multiple facilities)  http://www.fortworth....org/index.aspx

Arlington TX attractions with mapping http://www.arlington...-fun-centr.html

 

Public transportation (DART).... http://www.dart.org/  ...includes map, schedules and costs.

 

Out of Area attractions....

 

Schliterbahn (largest water park in the US in New Braunfels just outside San Antonio),

San Jacinto monument and museum (on the east side of Houston, also has the WWI-WWII battleship Texas)

read others posts below to additional attractions....

 

Tailgating...

 

**Contact TTTB if you want a personal experience from a local.  Many folks have commended him and his crew for being very welcoming and having a good time.  Start to check posts about 2 wks out for games you may attend for others who are as inviting.

 

Here is a site for AT&T stadium tailgating offers and procedures.... http://attstadiumtailgating.com/

This is from the Cowboys Tailgate site, it should be primarily the ritual for most games:

 

Since it will be crowded, we highly recommend buying your parking spot in advance, especially if you are looking to tailgate. Spots start at $11 and can be bought in advance online to avoid the gameday hassle.

Finally, the increasingly popular Bill Bates Ultimate Tailgate Party (as heard about on 105.3 THE FAN) starts at 4:30 directly across the street from AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium. Leave your cooler, grill, and plastic forks at home and enjoy the convenience of All-Inclusive! Tickets are still on sale for the remaining games this season...click here for more information on the BILL BATES ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY. - See more at: http://cowboystailga...h.WmCkSKv7.dpuf

 

 

Tours/packages....

 

Here are a couple...

http://www.cowboysportstours.com/

https://starsportstours.com/

http://www.goldenspo...es_Details.aspx ...includes one night hotel at the Gaylord which is a Cowboys sponsor.

http://www.gamedaysportstours.com/ ...recommended by member DallasMike

 

 

Hotels....

 

There are your usual aray of name brands available.  There is a kid themed park right in Grapevine called Great Wolf Lodge .  Its an indoor water park, large video game room and a Harry Potter type search to get points and prizes and woods themed rooms.  

The Stockyards (multiple facilities)  http://www.fortworth....org/index.aspx

The Gaylord Texan is back as a sponsor and is where the Cowboys stay before games.  They also offer weekend packages with stadium tours. http://www.marriott....llasCowboys.com

Hotel mapping (I used Booking.com, but they are in no way affiliated with the Cowboys, they have a good map is all)

http://www.booking.c... stadium hotels

 

Shuttles from local pubs and such (be advised some are free, some have a fee)....

 

Humperdinks provides shuttles to and from on game day  http://www.humperdin...lington_shuttle

Arlington Trolley http://arlingtontrolley.com/

J Gilligans http://www.jgilligan...ed-2/index.html

Bowl Bus http://www.cowboys.bowlbus.com  recommended by a site member as comfortable and with a wash room on board.

Many area hotels provide a shuttle but don't advertise it.  Always ask, if they don't provide one, they may know other sources.

 

Stadium info....

 

Please read the stadium rules here before going....

http://attstadium.co...s/guestInfo.cfm

 

Parking provided at AT&T Stadium....

http://attstadium.co.../parkingMap.cfm

 

Parking around the stadium...

http://www.parkhub.com/   .....please read post #85 regarding trying to sneak park at surrounding establishments.

 

Party Pass areas...these are standing room only areas and are 1st come 1st serve.  If you have a disability and/or have a handicap, this area isn't exactly recommended for you and no spots are specified for handicaps as told to us by the stadium.  But if you get there early enough and corral a spot you like, then enjoy the game.  Make some friends (or bring some) to hold your spot so you can get snacks and use the facilities and/or just look around.

Here's the link to single game PP tickets...

http://www.ticketmas...S_14DCTIXDROPPP

 

RV parking at Texas Rangers stadium...

Bus and RV parking is designated on the east side of the ballpark (lots C&D ) and is available for $40 bus, $80 RV.  Those are Ranger game prices for their season, call for Cowboys games.

For more information please contact the parking office 817-2735007.

 

Looking for ticket seat views....

 

Here is a link to the 3D view from every seat in the house, http://www.seats3d.c...oys/#/level_10/ ...it may take a few seconds to load, so be patient.  But its worth it if you really want to see what your paying for.


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:20 AM

It's way too late but this weekend a group of fans named the LBG's (lite beer guys) have their annual tailgate party.  The party starts as soon as the gates open and is held in parking lot 11.  Great group of fans and troublemakers are not tolerated.  Wife's or husbands depending on who is the biggest fan along with children are welcome.  No charge but I'm sure any donation would be appreciated.


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:22 AM

BTW, even though children are welcome, alcohol is available.  (no, not to the children) 


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:35 PM

Hey winstar, is this a regular home game get together that you can keep us up to date on?

It's way too late but this weekend a group of fans named the LBG's (lite beer guys) have their annual tailgate party.  The party starts as soon as the gates open and is held in parking lot 11.  Great group of fans and troublemakers are not tolerated.  Wife's or husbands depending on who is the biggest fan along with children are welcome.  No charge but I'm sure any donation would be appreciated.


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:13 PM

Here's some links to other attractions:

 

Dallas World Aquarium- http://dwazoo.com/

Museum of the American Railroad- http://www.museumoft...anrailroad.org/

Sixth Floor Museum (President Kennedy Assasination)- http://www.partner.v.../d296-3447AUDIO


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 02:45 AM

high_horse, the game against the Broncos is a one time per season deal.  However, even though not in Dallas, some fans on here may be interested in what they call mini-summits where groups of fans get together at other stadiums,  For example, I saw several fans trying to get a group together for the Giants game.  There have been groups watch games together for the Washington away game.  Not sure about Philly.  Anyone interested can go to their website and check them out.  www.litebeerguys.com 


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 04:38 PM

I am coming from DC for the Skins Cowboys game with a few friends, we are all cowboy fans.  I have been to a few games the past few years, but never for a Sunday night game. 

 

What time should we start tailgating since the game is scheduled for 7:30?   When do they allow people to go into the parking lots and stadium?  Please advise.    



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 03:01 AM

This is from the Cowboys Tailgate site, it should be primarily the ritual for most games:

 

Since it will be crowded, we highly recommend buying your parking spot in advance, especially if you are looking to tailgate. Spots start at $11 and can be bought in advance online to avoid the gameday hassle.

Finally, the increasingly popular Bill Bates Ultimate Tailgate Party (as heard about on 105.3 THE FAN) starts at 4:30 directly across the street from AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium. Leave your cooler, grill, and plastic forks at home and enjoy the convenience of All-Inclusive! Tickets are still on sale for the remaining games this season...click here for more information on the BILL BATES ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY. - See more at: http://cowboystailga...h.WmCkSKv7.dpuf


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:22 PM

I'm interested in any imfo on hotel/game packages for a once in a lifetime trip in 2014, my wife & I would like to travel down from upstate n.y.  Besides game , main attraction is finding Legacy Walk in memory of our son.  I've been a cowboy fan since ICEBOWL

 

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:32 PM

I'm interested in any imfo on hotel/game packages for a once in a lifetime trip in 2014, my wife & I would like to travel down from upstate n.y.  Besides game , main attraction is finding Legacy Walk in memory of our son.  I've been a cowboy fan since ICEBOWL

 

                                        Thank You mike

 

Go to https://starsportstours.com/  this is the official tour company of the Dallas Cowboys.  Their packages are reasonable priced and include a LOT.

 

They have packages that include meet and greet with current team players, lunch the day before the game, a tour of Valley Ranch, tailgate party, tickets to the game, transportation to and from the airport, to the game, around town etc. and a tour of the stadium the day after the game.

 

I have done one with them and REALLY enjoyed it.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:01 PM

Check out the tailgating link I just posted above, also I've added some tour links, one thanks to Clydesmom.  Also, what kind of hotels are you looking for....Hampton, Hilton, Days Inn?

I'm interested in any imfo on hotel/game packages for a once in a lifetime trip in 2014, my wife & I would like to travel down from upstate n.y.  Besides game , main attraction is finding Legacy Walk in memory of our son.  I've been a cowboy fan since ICEBOWL

 

                                        Thank You mike


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:26 PM

Attending the thanksgiving game all the way from california. Gonna do a stadium tour and definately check out bone daddys or twin peaks. But would like to know if theres any must do activities in the dfw area.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 02:08 AM

That depends on the flavor of what you consider 'must do'?  Throw something out there.....

Attending the thanksgiving game all the way from california. Gonna do a stadium tour and definately check out bone daddys or twin peaks. But would like to know if theres any must do activities in the dfw area.


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Any cool mom and pop shop restaurants. Bbq places? I know the fan hosts some of thier shows at local places. Any places i might run into some players? Any sports bars id feel right at home in. Bein in niner country is not the business sometimes and we have no cowboys bars here in the san francisco bay area.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:45 PM

Well, read the tailgating link, they have player parties listed. 

Here's the Top 10 BBQ's listed by USA Today, problem is they only showed 8, guess USA Today can't count.  I'm sure some locals will argue and add their favorites....

1. Smoke http://www.smokerestaurant.com/

2. Sonny Bryans Smokehouse http://www.sonnybryans.com/

3. Smokey Johns BBQ & Home Cooking ...no web page

4. Peggy Sue BBQ ...no web page

5. Mike Anderson's BBQ House ...no web page

6. Dicks Last Resort http://www.dickslast...domains/dallas/

7. Sammy's BBQ http://sammysbbq.com/

8. Clark's Outpost BBQ http://www.clarksoutpost.com/

 

Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Mike Anderson's BBQ House or at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

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I tend to like to gravitate toward the local franchise Bone Daddy's (6 locations, http://www.bonedaddys.com/) , its a BBQ Sports bar (full liquor and beer) atmosphere with eye candy.  There are lots of great places to wander into to get some good grub.  What area of Dallas are you staying in, that may help others respond from there?

 

There's also TX motor speedway and check the link list toward the top of the thread (second post), I try to update it when possible.


Genius....he invented the 4-3 defense in the 60's, ...but the true genius was he invented an offense to defeat his own defense.  That genius was Tom Landry.

 

 


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:40 PM

I have posted this in a few other threads, but anybody coming to a game is welcome to stop by our tailgate. We set up in Lot A, at the corner of Randol Mill and Nolan Ryan, near the first base entrance to the baseball ballpark. We usually have plenty of food to share and welcome everybody. We are set up and ready to go 5 hours before the game starts so feel free to come whenever. You can contact me here for more info if needed. Go Cowboys!



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:18 AM

FYI if you do not have a parking pass, park at the Walgreens(right across from Walmart and 5min walk to stadium). They make you spend at least $50 inside the store and then give you a pass to put in your window for the entire game. So you actually get something with your $50 instead of just giving it to someone and getting nothing but a parking spot(beer and gift cards cannot be used towards the $50).


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:32 PM

I have posted this in a few other threads, but anybody coming to a game is welcome to stop by our tailgate. We set up in Lot A, at the corner of Randol Mill and Nolan Ryan, near the first base entrance to the baseball ballpark. We usually have plenty of food to share and welcome everybody. We are set up and ready to go 5 hours before the game starts so feel free to come whenever. You can contact me here for more info if needed. Go Cowboys!

Thank you tttb. Comin all the way from northern california. Would love to meet and hang with some fellow cowboys fans before the game.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:41 AM

My wife and I are coming from Canada for the Packers/Cowboys game. We've purchased tickets for the 1010 Collins Tailgate party. Does anyone have any experience with this? Their customer service isnt the greatest. Does anyone have any reccomendations for a back up plan?






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