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The VIP Experience on a Cowboys Stadium Tour

Walking on the field during a Dallas Cowboys stadium tour

“Before we get started with the tour, I have a very important question to ask you,” my guide said. “Do you know why there’s a hole in the roof of the stadium?”

“So God can watch his team play,” I said, without missing a beat. My mom, who was along for the ride on this Cowboys Stadium tour just stared at me. “I’ve been watching the Cowboys for 40 years, and I’ve never heard that,” she said.

Visiting the control room on a tour of Dallas Cowboys Stadium

The stadium’s control room


The exchange tells you pretty much all you need to know about what it’s like to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Growing up in Texas in the 1990s, the Cowboys were religion. After all, they won three Super Bowls in four seasons from 1992-1995. Though success in recent years has been a bit spottier, the team’s popularity is as high as ever, which was evident on my recent tour of the team’s stadium in Arlington, a suburb of Dallas, Texas.

AT&T Stadium, the official name of Cowboys Stadium, has all the grandeur you would expect from Texas. This mammoth space is way more than a football stadium, though. It’s an art gallery, an event space, a shopper’s delight, and, of course, a football lover’s paradise.

Gift shop at AT&T Stadium

Shop ’til your heart’s content

The first thing you see when you enter the building for the Cowboys Stadium tour is the gift shop. Larger than some department stores, the two-floor shop offers pretty much everything you could imagine in the way of team merchandise, and much of it is customized on-site. The tributes to the Cowboys’ greats begin here, too, with photos of former coaches and players who are instantly recognizable to football fans.

The field at Dallas Cowboys stadium

Entering the massive stadium

The tour wastes no time in making an impression. Within just a few minutes in the largest domed stadium in the world, the field sprawls out before you, the Cowboys’ iconic blue and white star in the middle. Surrounded by 80,000 seats, you understand the meaning of “everything is bigger in Texas.” If you visit on a day the field is open to visitors, you can even throw the football around a little.

The tunnels inside the Cowboys stadium

Underneath the stadium

Leaving the field, you are enveloped by the maze of tunnels that runs through the stadium. There are passages where buses and cars can drive into the building, carrying players and other VIPs. There are enormous storage and staging areas for the equipment used for the events that happen nearly every day at the stadium. At times, it feels like an underground city as carts, supplies, and some of the stadium’s 7000 employees go past (of course there aren’t so many on non-game days).

Uniforms on display in the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders' locker room

The cheerleaders’ locker room with the famous uniforms

Along the sides of the corridors, the tour stops in several other high-profile spaces. The players’ and cheerleaders’ locker rooms are big draws for fans wanting to get close to where their idols spend time during the football season. (The rooms are the same, but the cheerleaders have mirrors.) You also have a chance to walk through the ultra-exclusive Miller Lite Field Club, where the players enter the field. Nearby, you can step up on the podium where the players hold each of their post-game press conferences when they’re at home.

Entrance to the field at Dallas Cowboys Stadium

The Cowboys enter the field through the exclusive Miller Lite Club

Above ground, AT&T Stadium features 58 works of art, 16 of which were commissioned especially for the stadium. You’ll pass a number of them on your walk through the stadium, but there are also special tours available and an app to access more information about the pieces.

"Win" by Mel Bochner, one of the works of art you can see on a Cowboys stadium tour

“Win” by Mel Bochner

Tips for visiting:

  • VIP tours are available, along with self-guided tours, and tours focused on the art of the stadium.
  • Availability is dependent upon events (and games, of course) at the stadium, so check carefully to ensure that the tour you want is available when you plan to visit. This is especially important if you want to visit the field, which is not open every day.
  • Plan to buy tickets ahead of time as they do sell out, even at times you may not expect.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium if officially AT&T Stadium

We were guests of AT&T Stadium. As always, opinions of the enormous and sporty are our own.






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What do you think about The VIP Experience on a Cowboys Stadium Tour?

  1. Ryan Biddulph May 27, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Laura,

    Life-long Giants fan here and I gotta say, this place and the old Boston Garden are the 2 spots I’d love to visit, more than any. Amazing facility from your recount and oh yes, I know all about the God quote 😉 My best friend grew up a Boys fan in NJ, and heck, whenever they come to town half the stadium roots for them. Truly America’s team!

    Ryan

  2. Ligeia and Mindy May 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    We’re not really football fans, but this seems like an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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