When it comes to Arlington, Texas, sports fans have the best of both worlds to enjoy: Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys call the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex home, playing out of separate — but neighboring — arenas in Arlington. Whether you’re at Globe Life Field (home of the Texas Rangers) or AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) you’ll have access to fun and food and make lasting memories for you and your family.
There’s also Texas Live, a new venue with EVERYTHING. It’s like walking into a mall but imagine that every “storefront” is a restaurant. There’s also countless big-screen TVs, a hotel, a sports shop, and outdoor games.
And we can’t forget the Texas Rangers’ good ol’ stadium, Globe Life Park, situated in across the street from the team’s new home field. The classic stadium will be hosting events, such as Dallas Jackals Rugby games (starting in 2022).
We are including what you an expect when attending games, including current health and safety changes as available at time of publication. Please note that safety requirements may change at the drop of a hat, so check the stadium and Texas Live websites for the most up-to-date info.
We may be biased, but we feel that the brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington is the very best park for a family to enjoy a game. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your trip.
Parking. With the brand new stadium, everything you once knew about the area has changed. One thing is the same: There is no shortage of parking and ride-share options at this sports mecca complex. Note that due to coronavirus precautions, all lots are cashless and no tailgating is allowed. You can prepay for the lot in advance or pay with a credit card upon arrival. Parking is $20 credit or $25 cash on game days, however tickets start at $15 with advance purchase (go online or call the ticket office.)
Each lot has its own address you can plug into your phone or GPS. If you’re bringing small kiddos, consider how far you have to walk. Take it from us — have an idea of where you want to park before leaving the house and have a back-up plan. Arrive early if you want to park closer to the stadium, because those lots obviously fill up first. Parking close to the stadium has pros and cons. Pro: You will have less walking time, which is huge if you have littles in tow. Con: It will take you a lot longer to leave the stadium due to traffic.
If you’re not headed to Texas Live following the game and would like to avoid traffic as much as possible, consider parking in a lot near the onramp you’ll be taking post game. Typically there are plenty of rickshaw drivers who can give you and your kids a lift to the stadium and back to your car.
Drive a Lexus? Enjoy complimentary parking in the Lexus Lot on the east side of Globe Life Field.
Ticketing. The gates to afternoon games open an hour and a half before the first pitch. Gates open two hours prior to start time for evening games. Once you get to the stadium, there are six points of entry. Plan ahead which entry to present your tickets. All tickets must be digital, so download the Texas Rangers app. Bonus: The app, which is compatible with iPhone and Android phones, features “blue dot technology” that uses geocaching to direct you to your seat!
Kind of like flying with children, children under 36 inches tall do not need a ticket as long as they sit in a ticket holder’s lap during the game.
You may want to plan which game to attend around the park’s community nights, where families can enjoy themed nights of baseball fun, including Korean Heritage Night, Military Appreciation Night, and Mexican Heritage Night.
With the new park and baseball season opening during cautious times, the venue is taking several safety precautions. Unlike the old stadium, no outside food is permitted. However, each guest may bring one sealed non-flavored water bottle (must be plastic) one liter or less in size. Diaper bags accompanying an infant and medical bags are allowed, otherwise bags are not permitted. Strollers are allowed if they can collapse and fit under your seat.
What to Expect. The new stadium features a retractable roof and a climate-controlled environment. That being said, it’s wise to pack for hot or cold extremes in case the roof is open and the sun is blazing, or the roof is closed and the AC is blasting.
With COVID-19, there are several safety precautions that will make baseball games feel different (but still fun!) this year. Masks will be required and can only be removed if eating and drinking at your ticketed seat. Certain sections of the stadium will become “distanced seating” sections.
There won’t be any autograph sessions, however pending health protocols, two Rangers will sign autographs following batting practice before Tuesday (all fans) and Thursday (kids 13 & under) home games. Signs will be posted at each entrance gate with the location and players signing that day.
Food & Beverage. The Field has more than 100 concession stands offering a hot dogs, nachos, pizza, burgers, smoked sausage, barbecue, peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks, ice cream, desserts, and more. There are several more dining options (see “Group Areas”) sure to please the pickiest eater.
The Balcones Speakeasy, the Evan Williams Lounge, the Germania Insurance Lounge, the Lexus Club, the StubHub Club, and the Texas Terrace are a new premium clubs available to fans. The clubs will offer buffet-style dining, grab-and-go food, and beverage service. Some clubs will even have waitstaff. The field has not released which clubs will be open for the season due to safety precautions, so check in advance.
Jr. Rangers Club. Unfortunately but understandably, the Jr. Rangers Club memberships are currently unavailable for the upcoming season. Once membership is available, all members 13 & under receive a package of members-only items, ticket vouchers to select home games, and special invitations to Jr. Rangers events.
Pampers Mothers Room. There are several nursing suites available throughout the ballpark. If you’re on the lower concourse, go to section 20. If you’re on the main concourse, visit sections 102, 127, and 130.
Visiting AT&T Stadium is like going to a backyard barbecue (if you’re the tailgating type), a state-of-the-art entertainment venue, an upscale mall, and the hippest new gastropub all at once. Compared with the Rangers, a Cowboys fan may find the overall price steep. But you and your family will be mesmerized by all the stadium has to offer. Read up and plan ahead, because your options are virtually limitless.
Parking. Fifteen numbered lots here accommodate around 12,000 cars — and can be complemented by Globe Life Park’s lettered lots on game days. Parking costs vary depending on the event and space, but spots usually start at $28. Tailgating is allowed in lots 4 through 7 and 10 through 15, but it is not allowed in lot 3, nor portions of lots 5, 8, and 9. Please be aware that, while you can bring a gas or charcoal grill, deep fryers and open flames of any kind are not permitted!
Entrance/Security. Restrictions on bags are pretty severe, and lugging gear for a baby can be challenging but not impossible. Purses or bags larger than a small clutch (8.5 x 5.5 inches) are prohibited, so leave the diaper bag at home. Only NFL-approved clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags — or one-gallon zip-style freezer bags — measuring 12 x 6 x 12 inches are allowed. Pack diapers and wipes as efficiently as you can. You’ll find a baby changing station in family restrooms on all concourses and on each club and suite level.
What to Expect. Tickets costs anywhere from $94 to $500. Seating is arranged in an oval around the field and increases in price along with proximity to the field. Consider saving some green and opting for a standing room ticket for as little as $55.
Dining Inside the Stadium. There is something for literally any palate inside the stadium. You can find everything from popcorn to peanuts, and from Frito pie to sushi. Check out this cool article about some of the wilder dining options.
Kid Zone. Located in the AT&T East Plaza, this interactive play area opens three hours prior to kickoff and is free for all ticket holders!
Your Stay in Arlington
Whether you’re here for baseball or football, take advantage of family-friendly places to eat, sleep, and play while you’re in town.
Dining Outside the Venues. You’ll find everything from Tex-Mex to Japanese to Vietnamese cuisine, from subs to salads to fried chicken fingers in Lincoln Square. Or grab a seat across the street from AT&T Stadium at one of the local fixtures: Candlelite Inn Restaurant, Fishbone Grill & Sports Bar, and Marquez Restaurant. A short drive away, Gyros House, Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Mellow Mushroom, and the popular J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill line Division Street and intersecting roads between Cooper and Collins streets. Refer to our exhaustive guide to kid-friendly restaurants in and around Fort Worth for many, many more options.
Lodging. For affordable options, we’ve relied on La Quinta Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, and Ranger Inn & Suites. Check out this handy guide to numerous family-friendly hotels nearby. If you’re traveling from afar to cheer your favorite team, browse our trusty guide on where to stay in Fort Worth, or consider staying in the Stockyards for the full Cowtown experience!
Other Attractions. Be sure to plan time to visit Six Flags over Texas for rollercoasters and more, Hurricane Harbor for plenty of water fun, and Alley Cats Entertainment for bowling, arcade games, laser tag, rock climbing, miniature golf, and a batting cage. The recently added Texas Live! entertainment complex includes a 5,000-person capacity outdoor venue, a multi-level indoor sports bar with a 100-foot LED HD television, a Lockhart Smokehouse, and a new restaurant concept by Guy Fieri called Taco Joint.