Founded in 1876 and named for General Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House in Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington, Texas often gets lost in the shadows. When you have to compete with Dallas and Fort Worth, I guess it becomes a little difficult. However, what you may not know is Arlington is the home of the Texas Rangers and the original Six Flags. Also located in Arlington is AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, the Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington, not Dallas. About that overshadowing thing…
A few months ago, I toured AT&T Stadium and it was a different experience than what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting as this is the first NFL stadium I have toured. Maybe that’s it, I didn’t know what to expect. I grew up in a state that doesn’t have an NFL team and where college football is the only thing in the sports world that seems to matter. In college, I gave tours of my school’s Athletic Department and our stadium so I was familiar with the field perspective both on game days and non game days. However, the NFL experience was foreign to me.
If you are a Cowboys fan or live in the area and have never toured AT&T Stadium, I definitely recommend the experience! Here is an inside look at the tour and also a neat place to grab lunch afterwards!
So, I have a confession to make.
I’m not a Cowboys fan (sorry Dallas!) as my NFL allegiance lies elsewhere, but I was excited to tour the stadium!
It was weird to be one of the only ones inside of the world’s largest domed structure. It was, let’s see what’s the word…QUIET.
The Field Experience
Getting ready to go down to the field. Again, there should be a million people here!
Unfortunately, the area in the center of the field in between the 30 yard lines was blocked off for maintenance going on from above. But this is the 50 yard line none-the-less!
And that famous star…
That precious line. The goal line. The ball only needs to break the plane of this white line and 6 points go up on the board.
After the touchdown, it’s time to kick the ball through these uprights for the PAT (point after touchdown) to make it 7 points. That is, if the team goes for 1 and not 2.
Had to get a photo showcasing the much-discussed jumbotrons and the beautiful roof!
The Cheerleaders’ Locker Room Experience
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders have their own snazzy locker room.
They’re kind of a big deal. Mainly because of these outfits they wear. I knew they were tiny, but wow!
The Cowboys’ Locker Room Experience
The entrance makes a statement.
As you can imagine, the interior is expansive.
Rows and rows of lockers in all different directions.
You might recognize this guy…
Just a little statement wall, that’s all.
Lockers line the entire locker room all the way to the back door!
The Post Game Room Experience
From the locker room, I headed straight into the post game interview room.
The room was bigger than I thought it would but the number of chairs was fewer than I thought it would be.
This might be familiar to some of you!
On the way out, I went through the Stadium Club…
and caught the sign outside too!
Definitely a neat experience especially for the Cowboys fan or any NFL fan looking for things to do in Arlington!
AT&T Stadium is located at One AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas 76011 and you can check here for the different types of tours and their schedules.
Chop House Burgers
Not too far away from the stadium, hit up Chop House Burgers for lunch. It has been featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
It’s just a casual place with a relaxed atmosphere and like any good place in Texas, you are greeted by a longhorn!
Robin got the Texican Burger gluten free/low carb style. It has ground beef mixed with tomatoes, jalapeños, onions and cilantro, chargrilled and topped with pepper jack cheese and sliced avocado. It is served on a toasted butter bun when not ordered gluten free.
I got the Chili Cheese Dog and it was quite yummy…
as were their sweet potato fries!
Robin’s husband got the Chop House Burger with onion rings. The Chop House burger has a ground beef and roasted brisket mix, house made steak sauce, applewood bacon and smoked cheddar cheese!
Chop House Burgers is open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm (closed on Sundays) and located at 2230 West Park Row Drive A, Pantego, Texas 76013
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If you’re heading to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this makes a fun day for both adults and kids! If you are looking for other things to do while you are there, check out my posts on Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco!
‘Til next time…