America’s Team has a storied tradition, including five Super Bowl victories, 20 winning seasons in a row, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and a fantastic new stadium to call home. Like everything else the Cowboys do, they have taken tailgating to a whole new level for their fans.
Cowboys fans who just attend a football game are missing out. Sure, the stadium is state of the art. The 50 yard overhead television like-screen is in its own right, a sight to behold. Outside the stadium, is where the event starts for many fans. Tailgating at the Cowboys games is such a big thing, there are Facebook groups, websites, and tailgating clubs that almost make the game seem like part two of a football double-header event.
Here, is a guide to help fans through their first tailgating experience at Cowboys Stadium.
Venue: Cowboys Stadium
Playing Surface: Artificial Turf
Year Opened: 2009
Super Bowls Hosted: 2011, Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburg Steelers 25
Tailgating Start/Finish Times: The parking lots open five hours before game time. Everything must be cleaned up and removed by two hours after the game ends.
Tailgating Areas: Parking lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 have designated tailgating parking spaces. Tailgating is prohibited in parking lots 3 and 9, with limited tailgating in lots 5 and 6. For a map, of all parking lots, click here. Each vehicle must have a valid parking permit. The saving of parking spaces is prohibited, and vehicles may not be parked on the grassy areas. Tents, chairs, tables, and tailgating equipment must be set up on the grassy areas lining the edges of the lots.
Open Flames Prohibited: Open flames of any kind, are not permitted. No cooking with oil or deep fryers is allowed. Charcoal and gas grills are permitted but only on the grassy areas along the edges of the lots. A container for hot coals to be disposed of properly is available on each lot.
Alcohol Permitted: Alcohol is permitted in the tailgating areas, but may not be taken into the stadium. All alcoholic beverages must be finished upon entering the stadium.
Personal Experience and Tailgating Tips: Arrive early, the stadium and surrounding lots total 30,000 spaces, including Rangers Ballpark lots, and they fill up quickly. Get there and find out your forgot something, no problem, a Wal-Mart Supercenter is directly across the street from the stadium. There is no parking for the game, or tailgating in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Tailgating is much more fun along the streets closer to the stadium and the other fans. Do not be afraid to ask the parking attendants, they will point out the best areas in each lot. Interacting with other fans is possibly the most alluring thing about tailgating. This is where you make friends with other Cowboys fans and fans of the visiting teams.
Be friendly, everyone wants to have a good-time. Harassing the fans of the visiting teams is not allowed and is subject to being escorted off the lots by security. Promotional activities or sale of products of any kind is not allowed. Political statements or demonstrations are not permitted.
For more information on tailgating and tailgating groups, visit the following sites: