The DFW area is a hub for sports, with all major national leagues represented here as well as a range of renowned college sports franchises. The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League are arguably the most popular team in the city, and the team itself is one of the most popular in the NFL. If you’re a visiting fan or a local die-hard, you want the best possible experience while you support the silver and blue. Excluding actually watching a game at AT&T Stadium, here are some of the things a Cowboys fan should do in Dallas.
Attend a Pre-Game Tailgate Party
If you can’t score tickets, attending a tailgating party in the parking lot is the next best thing. Here you’ll find thousands of like-minded fans and get swept away in Cowboys pride. There are also plenty of attractions to see outside the stadium, such as meet-and-greets with former players. You can also grab some excellent barbecue and a cold beer or walk to a nearby bar.
Take a VIP Stadium Tour
If you want to do even more than just see the game, take a VIP tour of AT&T Stadium. Private, educational, and art tours are also available, or you can just walk around and see all the memorabilia on display across this 140-acre property. The stadium houses an art exhibit, a display showcasing the history of the team, and more. You can even book a VIP tour that takes you down onto the field, where you’ll get to throw a pass on the same spot where the Cowboys perform.
Walk to a Nearby Sports Bar to Watch the Game
AT&T Stadium is within walking distance of a few excellent sports bars. If you only came to tailgate, you can go to one of these locations to cool down inside or grab a bite to eat. Of course, these establishments also have plenty of TVs showing the game, and you’ll be surrounded by other fans dressed in their Cowboys regalia. Here are a couple bars and restaurants to try out.
At 816 N. Collins St., Fishbone Grill & Sports Bar is directly across from AT&T Stadium — in fact, you can see the stadium from the restaurant patio. Daily specials showcase all-you-can-eat options like fried catfish on Tuesdays and oysters on Wednesdays, as well as drink specials, such as $3 house bloody marys on Sundays.
Still within walking distance but a bit further away than Fishbone, Tailgate Tavern is at 1015 Cedarland Blvd. Here you can take advantage of a game day special that includes $15 beer buckets, $3 well drinks, and $15 beer towers. Randy White — a former defensive tackle who played for the Cowboys from 1975 to 1988 — will be here during every home game in 2017. For $30, you can enjoy some of the restaurant’s food and take a picture with Randy.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Cowboys even if you can’t get a seat inside the stadium on game day. VIP tours and meet-and-greets are wonderful experiences for fans, and with so many excellent restaurants nearby, you’ll have a fantastic time whenever the Cowboys take the field. Remember these options the next time you’re in Arlington on game day.
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