Some people think of this season as Fall but to me, there's winter, spring, summer and football season. If there's one thing I love to do besides travel, it's watch a good game. Here in Texas we have two of the best stadiums to do that. If you're traveling near Houston or Dallas and you can fit a live game into your itinerary, I highly recommend doing so. But if your travels don't coincide with a home game, do the next best thing and take a stadium tour!
Fans of the powerhouse Texans head out to Reliant Field in Houston to show their support. This place is immense! It sits on 350 acres and consists of Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center, Reliant Astrodome, and Reliant Arena. It was pretty cool getting a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the stadium and where the team works out and gets ready for a game. One of the interesting things I learned on the tour is that they remove the field (which is real grass) after every game and store it in another facility. I also enjoyed seeing the differences between the Texans' and the visiting team's locker rooms…talk about home field advantage! Other stops include the Press box, weight room, cafeteria, gift shops and the premium seating areas (which, for a lot of us is the only way we’ll ever get to see them up close!) Our tour guide also showed us how the stadium’s roof retracts. This way you can enjoy the nice weather outside, or if there’s too much of that famous Houston heat and humidity, the nice weather inside!
Cowboys’ fans flock to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. This relatively new football mecca (opened in 2009) is the largest domed stadium in the world and can accommodate 80,000 fans. Again, I’d highly recommend you take a tour if you want to really experience this amazing stadium. If you can, take the VIP tour as opposed to the self-guided tour. It's $10 more, but really worth it! I had a great guide. He explained in detail everything about the building. A really cool stop was the VIP suite where Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys, watches the games. I loved seeing the locker rooms – I could imagine myself as a Dallas Cowboy, getting suited up and ready to take on all challengers! And to add to my fantasy, we even got to walk out onto the field exactly as the Cowboys do, under a long hallway underneath a huge, lit-up Cowboys star on the ceiling!
Another thing I have to mention is the amazing high definition video screen. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in any other arena. The picture is clearer than my HD-TV at home! It’s so huge, so you get a spectacular view no matter where you’re sitting.
I highly recommend making a stadium tour part of your trip to the Dallas or Houston area.
For more information:
Reliant Stadium tours: http://reliantpark.com/public-tours
Cowboys Stadium tours: http://stadium.dallascowboys.com/tours/tourInfo.cfm