What to Expect When You Attend a Dallas Cowboys Game

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Dallas – Fort Worth is one of the few cities in America that has a national league team in all four sports. Undoubtedly, the most popular team is the world famous Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League team. You can’t really say you’ve been to Dallas if you haven’t caught a live game. If you’re headed to your first game here’s everything you need to know to have a great time.

The Dallas Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium (previously called Cowboys Stadium) at 1 Legends Way in Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. The stadium, which recently opened in 2008 has a retractable roof, so you won’t have to worry about a game being rained out. The AT&T Stadium is only 4 miles away from our InTown Suites Arlington Central location, and only 5 miles away from our InTown Suites Arlington 1-20 property.

Parking/Tailgating
Unfortunately there is no public transit to the stadium, so unless you take a private shuttle, you will likely be driving to the game. There are plenty of parking spaces in 15 lots surrounding the football stadium, and you can pre-book your parking space before the game. Parking spaces for an NFL game cost approximately $75.

Tailgating is an important and fun part of any football game, especially ones in Texas. Tailgating can only occur in certain parking lots, so if you plan on partaking, book a parking space in one of the following lots: 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Please be aware that while you can bring a gas or charcoal grill, deep fryers and open flames of any kind are not permitted.

Tickets/Seating
The AT&T Stadium is one of the largest football arenas in the country, and it has 80,000 seats. While you can take your chances and buy a ticket by walking up to the gates, popular matches can sell out so it’s best to buy your ticket online well before a scheduled game.

The average ticket for a Dallas Cowboys NFL game is $110. Seating is arranged in an oval around the field and the closer you are to the field the more expensive the ticket costs. If you’re looking for a low cost option, standing room tickets can sometimes be purchased for as little as $30. When booking a ticket, pay attention to which side of the stadium you’ll be on. If you’re cheering for the Cowboys, book a seat on the left, if you’ll be cheering on the visiting team, book a seat on the right side of the stadium.

For the safety of everyone attending the game, the items you bring into the game must fit in a small clutch sized purse or fit into a clear, 1 gallon sized plastic bag, so pack light when you attend the game!

Food/Entertainment
While the football game is the big draw, there is lots to see and do when visiting the AT&T Stadium. The Stadium itself is very beautiful and home to many great works of art. Plan to arrive to the stadium early so you can take a guided tour. On the tour you’ll learn about the history of the Cowboys and also discover lots of behind the scenes information, like what it takes to get the world’s largest HDTV to function properly.  If it’s your first time attending a Cowboys game, head on over to one of the Guest Service Centers and ask for a “My First Cowboys Game” Certificate.

Food and drink are a large part of the Cowboys experience. You can bring alcohol to your seat, but there is a limit of 2 beers per person at a time. When you’re hungry, there are dozens of food vendors to choose from, and you’ll find everything from basics like popcorn and peanuts to more exotic fare like sushi and Frito Pie. We highly recommend trying the Kobe Nacho Dogs!

Enjoy your first Dallas Cowboys Game!

The 10 Best Areas of Metro Atlanta

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Atlanta is a large and diverse city. Many people who visit Atlanta only experience the downtown core, but the metropolitan area has so much more to offer. If you’re planning a trip to the Atlanta region, be sure to spend some time in these ten districts.

1.     Conyers
Conyers is just east of Atlanta, and is home to almost 15,000 people. In Conyers you’ll find The Georgia International Horse Park, which was the site of the Equestrian Games during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The park is still a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. If you will be in the area in March, then you should try and make it out to the Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the cities favorite annual events.

2.     Douglasville
West of Atlanta, you’ll find Douglasville, home to 30,000 residents. When visiting, plan to grab some dinner downtown and then wander around the O’Neal Plaza, a prime spot for people watching. Coaster enthusiasts will want to visit Six Flags Over Georgia and ride the Georgia Scorcher.

3.     Duluth
Voted by NewsMax Magazine as a top ten city for ‘Best American Values’, Duluth is a suburban dream. The downtown area is home to only local businesses, which helps to evoke classic Southern charm.

4.     Gainesville
Gainesville is situated in a prime spot at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on Lake Lanier.  Lake Lanier is a stunning waterway, and was the site of the rowing and kayaking events during the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. If you visit Poultry Park, be on the lookout for the chicken on top of the 25 foot tall obelisk, which is made to honor Gainesville as one of the biggest poultry producers in the country.

5.     John’s Creek
This region is one of the largest metro areas in Atlanta. Outdoor enthusiasts love getting out on Chattahoochee River, which is famous for its trout fishing. Every December, the town holds a Founder’s Day festival, a weeklong celebration of the cities recent founding (it was only officially incorporated in 2006!)

6.     Kennesaw
Kennesaw is named for the Kennesaw Mountain, the highest point in Atlanta. The area was originally developed as a railroad town, and you can learn about its evolution at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The town has a large population of students, who attend the Kennesaw State University, one of the largest collages in the state.

7.     Norcross
As with many places in Georgia, it was the Cherokees who first lived in the area. The district is now a quiet suburban Utopia that’s easily reached by all major highways. The downtown has a small town feel with many quaint shops and cafes – the perfect place for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Atlanta.

8.     Peach Tree City
While Peach Tree City may serve as the backdrop for many scenes on The Walking Dead, in real life the city has a relaxed, resort lifestyle feel. Peach Tree City is famous for having miles of golf cart paths as collectively, the city’s residents own over 9,000 golf carts.  Most of the area’s lakes, parks, shops and restaurants are easily accessible via golf cart paths.

9.     Roswell
Even though Roswell is a part of the Atlanta Metro Area, it is also the state’s 8th largest city in its own right. Stop by the Archibald Smith Plantation Home and admire the gorgeous architecture. Many of the areas other historic mansions are purported to be haunted, and can be toured on nightly ghost walks. If you enjoy cycling, you’ll be happy to know that Roswell is the first bicycle friendly city in Georgia! The area has miles of safe, biking trails to explore.

10.   Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs is the largest city in the metro area (after Downtown Atlanta) and is home to almost 100,000 residents. If you’re in town, be sure to visit the recently opened Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, which explores the rich history of the local area. News buffs will want to visit the CNN Center, where behind the scenes tours are given. Is Coke your favorite soft drink? Then you’ll want to visit to The World of Coca Cola – where you can learn all about one of the world’s most popular beverages and even sample Coke from dozens of countries all over the world.

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