. . . Being at Dallas (AT&T) Stadium on Thanksgiving Day to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins – that’s what !!! At least it is if you’re life-long Dallas Cowboys Fans like we are.
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We have been Dallas Cowboys fans since the 70’s in large part due to our nomad childhoods. Both our dads were in the U.S. Air Force, and we moved around quite a bit growing up. In the 70’s the Dallas Cowboys rose to prominence as “America’s Team”, and since we didn’t really have a stationary home town, it felt only natural to cheer for America’s Team. This year, we spent much of October and November in Texas, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to soak up some Cowboys legend and excitement.
We started with a guided tour of AT&T Stadium. This tour is a great value, well worth the time and money (90 minutes for only $32), and we highly recommend it even if you’re not a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. The stadium holds many, many benchmark records for any public arena, and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. The tour takes you through numerous areas of the stadium that you wouldn’t normally get access to including Jerry’s perch, the locker rooms, club suites, press area, and more.
I reminisced about fun times on my high school cheerleading squad while checking out the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ locker room But probably our favorite part of the tour was getting to go out on the field itself. To our knowledge, no other NFL stadium includes complete field access in their public tours, so this is a real treat. Scott loved running around and reliving his glory days of high school football :-).
But the absolute highlight and headlining event of course was attending the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game !! Over the years, we spent so many Thanksgiving Days watching Cowboys football and always dreamed of someday actually being at the stadium. Earlier in the year, we knew we’d be in Texas for some other events, so we splurged and got our tickets for the big day. We were specially pleased that the opposing team turned out to be the Washington Redskins — the classic match up, for sure!
The stadium was even more amazing on game day with so much energy from the fans and a huge amount of entertainment and refreshment options. We walked the entire circumference of the stadium during pregame festivities which really got us psyched to see the team hit the field. This season had an uncertain start, but with a recent win on the board, we were optimistic of the day’s outcome. Boy, did the Cowboys deliver an awesome win which was icing on our cake!
Leaving the stadium, the vibe was super energetic with many celebrations along the way including live performances. As we moved through the crowd, we were amazed to run in to one of our son’s best friends along the way. What a crazy coincidence in a crowd of over 100,000 people, and a really great way to wrap up the day.
Getting to see the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day playing against the Washington Redskins was a huge bucket list event for us, and we’re immensely grateful to have had the opportunity. Dallas Fans Forever !!!