Planning to attend a pro football game with your family in Arlington? You’re in for the experience of your life! Before you visit AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, take a few minutes to check out each section of this article. We’ve done the research for you and have the best tips for fun, food, and making lasting memories for you and your family.
Looking for more family friendly resources and ideas? Check out our “Guide to Extracurricular Activities,” “Guide to Indoor Activities,” and “What To Know When You Attend a Texas Rangers Game with Kids.”
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!
Know Before You Go
Gates Open. Gates at the AT&T Stadium plazas, concourses, clubs, and suites open two hours prior to kick-off.
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 $50. There are tailgating spaces in lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. The spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tailgating 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. There are 10 guest entrances:
- Entry A: Northwest corner of the stadium. Pro Shop entrance – all guests
- Entries B, C, & D: East side of the stadium adjacent to East Plaza – designated reserved tickets, and all club and suite guests
- Entry E: Southeast corner of the stadium – club and suite guests only
- Entry F: Southwest corner of the stadium – club and suite guests only
- Entries G, H, & J: West side of the stadium adjacent to West Plaza – designated reserved tickets and all club and suite guests
- Entry K: Northwest corner of the stadium – club and suite guests only
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 (4.5 x 6.5 inches) are prohibited, so leave the diaper bag at home. Only 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.
Tickets. The ticket office is located at Entry A, on the northeast side of the stadium, and is open on event days. Will call ticket windows open three hours prior to most events. To claim tickets at will call, a photo ID must be presented.
Tickets cost 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.
For more ticket information, visit DallasCowboys.com.
Prohibited. For the safety of guests and employees, the following are prohibited:
- Smoking Inside AT&T Stadium, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the stadium
- Abusive, foul, or disruptive language
- Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)
- Bottles, cans, thermoses, and beverage containers of any kind
- Cameras with lens longer than three inches (detachable or non-detachable)
- Chairs, stools, or other seating devices
- Fireworks, firearms, and weapons of any kind
- Food items
- Knives of any length
- Laser pointers
- Obscene or indecent clothing
- Seat cushions
- Signs or flags on sticks or poles, or larger than what one person can hold
- Throwing objects
- Ticket scalping
- Trespassing, soliciting, peddling and loitering
- Tripods, monopods, and selfie-sticks
- Use of unmanned and remote controlled aircraft systems (e.g., drones)
- Video cameras and the use of video capable devices including GoPro devices
Merchandise. The Cowboys Pro Shop is located on the Northwest side of the stadium at Entry A, or from the Main Concourse behind Section 242. The Pro Shop is open seven days a week. Daily operating hours are: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shop online at Shop.DallasCowboys.com.
Taking care of the littles. The Dallas Cowboys take care of fans of all ages! Family restrooms are designed for the use of guests with small children and guests with disabilities. (However, any guest may use a family restroom.) These restrooms are located throughout the stadium on all concourses and on each club and suite level. All family restrooms are accessible and equipped with baby changing tables.
Guests can receive a free ID bracelet, featuring a space to write in their seat location. The Safe-in-the-Seat Program aids in reuniting lost children and guests with their parties. The bracelets are available at all guest services centers located on the concourse behind Sections 219, 244, 420, and 451. In the event that you become separated from your child, check with the nearest event staff member or guest services center.
Stroller Policy. Strollers are permitted at AT&T Stadium, so long as their use does not inhibit guest movement or block any aisles. Smaller, umbrella-style strollers can be stored underneath a seat. If you’re bringing a larger stroller, check it in at the nearest concierge desk on the main concourse, just inside Entry E and Entry K. Strollers can also be check at guest services booths, located on the upper concourse behind Sections 420 and 451.
Kids Zone. Located in the AT&T East Plaza, interactive play area opens three hours prior to kickoff and is free for all ticket holders.
Dining Inside the Stadium
Food and Beverages. There is something for literally any palate inside the stadium. You can find everything from popcorn to peanuts, and from Frito pie to sushi.
Water fountains throughout AT&T Stadium are turned off and not available for use at this time.
Your Stay in Arlington
While you’re here for 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. 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.
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Lodging. For affordable options, we’ve relied on La Quinta Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, and Ranger Inn & Suites. 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.
We hope this round-up of resources helps make your experience at a Dallas Cowboys game amazing, stress-free, and memorable for your family!
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