Even though I now live in New York City,  I am still a Dallas Cowboys fan.  So of course, I was excited to do the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour.  Growing up in Dallas, I have fond memories of going to the old Texas Stadium and watching Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith.  Texas Stadium was special, it had a hole in the roof so God could watch America’s Team play.  Well, at least that’s what some used to say.

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But the time came when the old Cowboy Stadium needed an upgrade.  Jerry Jones wanted to host the Superbowl and the NFL wouldn’t allow it without a domed stadium.  Ironically, the week the Cowboys did host the Superbowl it was icy and cold.  Why the NFL let the Giants host a Superbowl in their stadium, I can’t explain, luckily the snowstorm hit the day after.

Anyway, Jerry Jones jumped through some hoops and built a new stadium in Arlington, a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth, right next to the Texas Rangers Stadium.   Dallas Cowboys Stadium is also known as AT&T Stadium.  Jerry Jones went all out in the design of the stadium.  The stadium is very impressive and a tourist attraction in its own right, even without a game going on.  It surprised me that people came from all over the country for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium tour.

Anisa and her niece, Marisa, before the Dallas Cowboys vs Colts game in December 2014 - "Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour" - Two Traveling Texans
Anisa and her niece, Marisa, before the Dallas Cowboys vs Colts game in December 2014

Dallas Cowboy Tour Options and Logistics

My mom (who is not a football fan) agreed to take me for a tour.  VIP Guided Tours and Self-Guided Tours run daily with the exception of some blackout dates.  The first tour in the morning is at 10 am and tours of Cowboy stadium run until 4:30 pm.  Cowboy Stadium parking is free in Blue Lot 1 or 2 on the days tours are available.

On some days, they do also offer a tour that focuses on the museum-quality art that is inside the stadium.  The Jones family commissioned 18 contemporary artists to create artwork for the stadium.  I do recommend that you buy your tickets online in advance as all the tours of Cowboys Stadium do sell out.

When we went, we did the VIP guided tour and we had to wait about 45 minutes because earlier tours were already sold out.  We passed the time looking around the Dallas Cowboy Store.  The Dallas Pro Shop has a lot of Dallas Cowboys merchandise, but it is pretty expensive so I didn’t buy anything.  I have found it is better to shop Dallas Cowboys gear online at the NFL Shop or Amazon.

Our Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium Tour

Our Dallas Cowboy tour guide was very knowledgeable and added in jokes when he could.   Some of the facts we learned about the stadium were really interesting.  The video board was the largest in the world at the time the stadium opened, and when they have basketball games the screen is bigger than the court.  The retractable end zone doors are the largest in the world, and the retractable roof weighs about the same as 92 Boeing 777s and can open or close in 12 minutes.  The stadium cost $1.15 billion to build, almost double the original estimate and Jerry Jones covered the overrun.

The first part of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium tour we explored the main seating area, the luxury suites, and the bars that are for standing room only tickets.  It was so neat to go inside a Dallas Cowboys luxury suite and imagine watching a Cowboys game from one.  Last season, my niece and I went to a game with standing room only tickets because tickets for actual seats were too expensive.  We had a great time, it was nice to feel the atmosphere of the game even if we had to watch a tv screen to get a good view of the game.

Anisa by Tony Romo's locker
Anisa by Tony Romo’s locker

After that, we went down to the floor level.  We got to visit the Dallas Cowboys and the Cowboys Cheerleaders locker rooms.  I didn’t even know the cheerleaders had locker rooms!  They had a couple jerseys that you could use to take photos inside the Dallas Cowboys locker room.

We also saw the field level bar that the Cowboys run through to enter the field.  The Cowboys Stadium also has luxury suites that are field level.  I thought that these were pretty clever design features.  We also saw the media room, where the Cowboys hold their postgame press conferences.

Anisa at the podium in the Cowboys Press Room.
Anisa at the podium in the Cowboys Press Room.

The final stop on the Cowboy Stadium tour is the field and you can enjoy it as long as you like.  The Dallas Cowboys self-guided tour also gets you access to the field.  Some kids brought footballs and were playing around on the field.  We just took pictures in the Cowboys end zone and by the star at midfield.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  I really learned a lot and the access we got was better than I expected.  Plus, I got pictures of myself on the Dallas Cowboys field.  So for all you Dallas Cowboys fans out there and anyone interested in engineering or architecture, I encourage you to take the Dallas Cowboys Stadium tour.

My mom and I in the Dallas Cowboys end zone
My mom and I in the Dallas Cowboys end zone

Have you gone on one of the Cowboys Stadium tours or ever done a tour of another stadium? I would love to hear about your experience.

-Anisa

Expert Tips for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour:

  • Buy your Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour tickets in advance as the tours do sell out.
  • If you like, bring a football and you can play on the Cowboys field.
  • If you need more Dallas Cowboys gear, check out the NFL Shop or Amazon.  It will be cheaper than the Cowboys Stadium Pro Shop

 

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