Our guide to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.
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In its lifetime, AT&T Stadium has become a veritable sports mecca, serving as home for events like the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the NBA All-Star Game, championship boxing matches and the College Football Playoff championship game. It’s why Arlington, Texas, has become a major tourist destination, with the requisite hotels, parking, entertainment and more to accommodate such large-scale events.
Oh, and don’t forget the “regular” events held there — Dallas Cowboys games, regular-season college football games and college basketball games.
And Jerry Jones’ creation, often called “Jerry World,” is really a sight to behold. Even while watching a game on television, you can get a sense of its sheer size, its unique roof and architecture, and its giant scoreboard hanging over the playing surface.
Those things are all pretty awe-inspiring on TV, but you really do have to go there to get the true feeling of how massive everything is. And then you start to understand why so many high-profile events get scheduled there.
Because such a variety of events are held at AT&T Stadium, the opportunity exists for many more fans to find their way to Arlington whether they like the NFL or not. But of course, the Cowboys will continue to be the star attraction.
Their enduring popularity, and the propensity of other teams’ fans to dislike them, means that football fans throughout the league will consider AT&T Stadium to be a preferred destination for quite some time to come.
For more on visiting Arlington, check out our Dallas/Fort Worth sports travel guide.
Getting to the stadium
Like most locales in the Dallas Metroplex, Arlington is not an easy place to get to if you don’t have access to a car. The city is situated between Dallas and Fort Worth (though slightly closer to Fort Worth), and while Dallas has a light-rail system, it goes nowhere near Arlington.
So if you’re flying in from out of town, you’re left with either renting a car or taking a cab or rideshare. The stadium sits about a mile south of Interstate 30, aptly named the Tom Landry Freeway, with exits at Collins Street or Ballpark Way. And it’s difficult to get lost as long as the day is clear, because the stadium is visible for miles.
I took a cab directly from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a journey of almost 15 miles, and as soon as we exited the airport grounds heading south, I could already see the stadium in the distance. It’s that big.
Once you’ve reached AT&T Stadium, there are many lots around, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for parking — up to $75 depending on the lot. AT&T Stadium is surrounded by neighborhoods, strip malls and a Walmart, and some of those residences and businesses offer up parking for a little cheaper — but still expensive as far as sports event parking goes.
If you’re willing to walk, you can find cheaper parking options a mile or more away from AT&T Stadium, as many independent businesses will happily offer you a spot to park in the $10-20 range.
There are a handful of hotels close by AT&T Stadium, but the bulk of Arlington’s tourist and entertainment district is a mile or more away, closer to I-30. So it’s possible that even if you’re staying in an Arlington hotel, you’ll find it more convenient to hop in your car and park at the stadium for your AT&T Stadium event.
Arlington hotels near AT&T Stadium
Map of the surrounding area
Things to do around the stadium
The tailgate scene is strong at AT&T Stadium, and the vast parking lots that surround the venue give people ample room to spread out. So if you’ve got an RV or just a portable grill, have a few friends ready to join you and don’t mind ponying up the money, the opportunity is there for you.
On this particular day, with a 3:25 p.m. Central time kickoff for the Cowboys’ game against the 49ers, there was ample time to tailgate, too. (Of course, this meant a huge logjam at the turnstiles in the final half-hour before kickoff as folks scrambled to get inside in time.)
If that’s not your thing, there are more than a few restaurants nearby — particularly across Collins Street to the west of the stadium, while a handful of restaurants a little farther away offer shuttle service to the game if you choose their establishments. If you’ve got kids in tow, you can also hit up Six Flags Over Texas, an amusement park about two miles away (just at the edge of reasonable walking distance to the stadium).
And in 2018, the Texas Live! entertainment complex opened up about a half-mile east of AT&T Stadium and includes numerous restaurants, bars and nightlife destinations, as well as a Loews hotel and convention space.
Because of the proximity of AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Field (the new ballpark for MLB’s Texas Rangers), Six Flags and various restaurants in what is essentially Arlington’s entertainment district, many fans were emerging from the numerous hotels as kickoff approached for this game.
Depending on the weather (on this day, the first Sunday in September, it was hot and humid but not unbearably so), the walk to the stadium can actually be quite pleasant, with pathways from the northeast passing through a park and alongside a lake.
Arlington restaurants near AT&T Stadium
Watching a game at AT&T Stadium
When you’re attending an event with 80,000 of your closest friends at AT&T Stadium, you can’t help but get caught up in the atmosphere. And it’s easy to be festive at this place, with wide concourses and large plazas both inside and outside the stadium for fans to congregate without it feeling too claustrophobic.
The ends of the stadium are particularly good spots to just hang out — particularly on the west end, there’s a huge bar and big TVs for fans to sit, imbibe and watch other games. With all those amenities, why even go inside?
The Cowboys do take advantage of all these amenities. If you’re looking for tickets, whether they be on the primary or secondary markets, you will no doubt notice that the cheapest tickets are for something called a “Party Pass.”
Know that those are standing-room only tickets, and like most NFL stadiums, standing-room areas are limited and typically only advantageous to fans who enter right when the stadium opens and stake out the best spots. These may work out for some people, but the anecdotal evidence we’ve gotten is that the experience is usually negative. So if you’re looking for a bargain, buy at your own risk.
At least from the upper deck, the giant videoboard affords you a glorious view. It is likely the first thing you heard about the stadium from people you have been there, and it truly is worth a visit to see how humongous and crystal-clear the thing is.
The videoboard stretches from 20-yard-line to 20-yard-line, and when the game isn’t in progress it sure shows a lot of commercials and other nonsense. But just try peeling your eyes off it for more than 30 seconds at a time, no matter where in the stadium you’re sitting. It’s pretty difficult.
Though football stadium videoboard technology has improved in recent years, as evidenced by the 360-degree displays found at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and SoFi Stadium outside Los Angeles, AT&T Stadium’s board is still worth marveling at.
Food and drink at AT&T Stadium
If you’re looking for interesting food options, there’s a few to be had at AT&T Stadium events. As befitting a venue in Texas, tacos and beef brisket are prevalent, but there are also more interesting offerings like pork belly burgers, hand pies with Korean bulgogi, mac and cheese balls and chicken fried steak sandwiches.
Also, if you’re in the mood for an adult beverage, the stadium has expanded its craft beer offerings in recent years. Don’t forget to check out the “Cowboyrita,” a frozen margarita that’s very popular among Cowboys fans.
1 AT&T Way
Arlington, TX 76011
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