For years they have been known as America's Team. The Dallas Cowboys are one of the greatest franchises in the National Football League with 5 Super Bowl championships and 10 conference championships.
And as the Cowboys are one of the biggest sports teams in the world, it is only fitting that so is their stadium; Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys currently call the recently built 1.3 billion dollar Cowboys Stadium home. Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009 and has the capacity to seat 80,000 and hold 111,000 with its standing room options. Even though many people have plenty of gripes and complaints about pricing and what not with Cowboys Stadium, you really get what you pay for when you walk through the doors. The stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world and has the 2nd largest high definition TV which amazingly hangs from 30 yard line to 30 yard line.
This was my first trip to Cowboys Stadium I can say two things: I was in awestruck at the stadium and at some of the prices, but it is still well worth every penny to see this marvelous venue.
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If you can think of it and it can be cooked, then the Cowboys probably have it. Of course the Cowboys have all your basic stadium fare options that can be found at any arena or stadium like hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels and nachos but the Cowboys put a special spin on all of these options. They offer not just burgers, but Black Angus Burgers as well as a variety of specialty hot dogs and amazing nacho options. Some tasty options that I saw and enjoyed were the Buffalo chicken sandwich, jalapeno and cheese sausages, cheese steaks, specialty burritos, quesadillas, chicken tenderloin sandwiches and sushi. That's right I said sushi, how many stadiums can you find that at, especially in the heart of Texas?
Regular sodas are available at around $6 for a souvenir size cup, which is around league average. As for alcoholic beverages this might be the big sting for most people as due to a big contract with the Miller Brewing Company, the Cowboys only offer Miller and Miller Lite at Cowboys Stadium. Mixed Drinks as well as margaritas can be attained at a variety of kiosks throughout the stadium. A Miller or Miller Lite is going to run you $8.50 and, get ready for it, a jumbo margarita will run you a whopping 17 bucks.
Overall, there is a great variety of amazing options, but the prices make for a rough tug on the wallet. I would recommend grabbing yourself a tailgate before the game and mingling with the great Cowboys fans as it will make not only your personal experience better but also your wallets. But if you're hungry, you will surely be able to find something delicious at Cowboys Stadium.
The Cowboys have the most fans in the United States which is why they are known as America's Team. The fans are diehard and live and die blue and silver. They stick with their Cowboys through not only the good times (like the early and mid 90's), but also the bad times (like the late 80's).
Cowboys Stadium with its fans makes for one of the rowdiest atmospheres in the NFL and can make for a bad day for opposing teams and coaches. The beautiful stadium not only adds to the atmosphere but makes the experience even better. With a vast amount of leg room in the seats and seating that is perfectly placed so that no matter where you sit you have a great view, Cowboys Stadium makes for a great atmosphere.
The Cowboys new home is in Arlington and not, where they resided for over 30 years. Arlington is about 12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and about 20 miles west of downtown Dallas. The stadium is within walking distance of its baseball neighbor Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers.
Unfortunately, there aren't that many options right near the stadium other than a Wal-Mart across the street and very few eateries down the road. You always have a chance in the Fall, especially with the way the Rangers have been playing the last two years, to catch both teams at home on a weekend.
If you are looking for something to eat in the area there are a few options. One option that I, as well as many Arlington locals, will recommend is Olenjack's Grille. Olenjack's has a mouth watering variety of options for great prices, but get there early as this place gets packed on game days. A couple of options at Olenjack's that I recommend are the grilled sausage sandwich or the half pound burger. You really can't go wrong with either option.
The other place I would recommend in the Arlington area is the Potager Cafe. It is a smaller place that appeals to the person who is trying to be more health conscience. This place is dressed up like a vegetable garden, and can help you save some calories.
The Cowboys have some of the most passionate fans of the game and if you ever attend or watch a Cowboys game you will see what I mean. Most Cowboys fans that you talk to have had their fandom bestowed upon them through the generations and have great stories about how their grandfather or dad took them to see the Cowboys play.
To a lot of people in and around the area, they live and breathe by the Cowboys. If you want to see Cowboys fans at their rowdiest, I would suggest catching a game at the stadium when they are either playing a NFC East foe or the Pittsburgh Steelers, who they have developed a gut wrenching rivalry against.
The fans are passionate about their Cowboys but they still conduct themselves well during games being polite to other fans as well as always looking to strike up a conversation about football or the Cowboys with other visitors.
Access is definitely where things get a little hairy. I suggest finding your parking options before you make your way to Cowboys Stadium, unless you want your wallet to be a lot lighter before you even get out of the car. Cowboys Stadium parking lots on average range anywhere from $40-$100, depending on the game. This can be a big deal breaker for most people, especially those on a limited or tighter budget, or those trying to attend a game with the family.
As far as bathrooms at Cowboys Stadium, they are more than plentiful. Cowboys Stadium has over 1,700 toilets which means that there is a very minimal wait to use the bathroom at most times. Unfortunately for gentlemen, due to Texas law 2/3 of these toilets are for women, so you will probably be standing in some kind of line still. The bathrooms are very well maintained and constructed, adding plenty of room to maneuver around in peak times.
A game at Cowboys Stadium can be seen for as cheap as $29 for a standing room only party pass. Or it could cost as much as $500 for a regular seat. Yes the prices may be some of the highest in the league and the paid parking may be some of the highest in all of sports, but a visit to Cowboys Stadium is absolutely worth what you pay. The stadium is not only a one of a kind, but is amazingly breathtaking in its sheer magnitude and beauty.
There are too many extras to mention everything you will see at Cowboys Stadium. From the huge high definition scoreboard that hangs down over the field to the ever so beautiful world renowned Cowboys cheerleaders, the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium has it all.
I definitely recommend taking a trip through the Cowboys store which has every thing imaginable for a Cowboys fan. The murals throughout the stadium that commemorate ex-Cowboys like Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach are also amazing to see. Overall, there are few experiences that outdo what Cowboys Stadium has to offer and while many may gripe and complain about the prices and parking, this is a once in a lifetime venue to visit.
As you can see from the pictures, Cowboys Stadium looks like a giant, metal football. Its size extends beyond enormous, and it offers the community feeling of a small town or a very large theme park. All during my first trip there, the atmosphere before and after the game was very festival-like.
Being such a new facility, the grounds outside the stadium were clean and the lawns and parking lots were well-maintained. Inside, my shoes never stuck to anybody's spilled drink, any trace of litter was promptly picked up, and the courtesy of the staff was second to none. Everybodyâ??both fans and employeesâ??just seemed generally happy to be there.
For this game, we sat high up in the 400-level seats. The view gave me a great perspective of the entire field, while the giant videoboard complemented that with instant replays. Often, the replays would split into quadrants to give four different angles of the last play. Neither the view of the videoboard nor the field was obstructed by the fans sitting in front of meâ??or shall I say, below me.
Each row of seating is leveled so that even when a person sitting below you stands up, they do not completely block your viewing the game. When going to the snackbar or the restroom, the squeeze past people's knees was more favorable than most stadiums I have visited. While others did this, I (5' 11") never had to turn my hips sideways; instead, the most I had to do was scoot my slouching self up a bit to let them by.
To get to our seats, we took the winding walkway. After several parking lot beers, this did wind me a bit. After the game, we found the escalators. Finding the escalators at Cowboys Stadium means finding some of the colorful murals created when the Jones family commissioned various renowned, contemporary artists to paint. These massive blasts of red, blue, and yellow beautifully contrasted the neutral grays and blues of the building itself. They also spark creative conversation on an otherwise mundane ride down an escalator.
Before leaving the stadium, I sat in different sections on different levels just to get a bearing of where I would want to sit for my next visit. Obviously, any of the sections lower than the 400-level provided a better field view. I was disappointed to find out that you have to look up at the videoboard from some of the closer 100 and 200-level seats. What did impress me were the views from the Party Pass areas and the end zone seats. The Party Pass plazas looked to have great angles to view the whole field. The end zone seating felt much closer to the field than other end zone seats I have sat in at other stadiums.
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