Game Day Guides: Crowd of Sooners and Aggies Fans Heading to the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl

The buzz this time of year is centered around the best of the best in college football, highlighted by BCS bowl games and, of course, the National Championship. Although, this years Cotton Bowl is expected to be one of most thrilling and entertaining games of the year. The featured battle this year is the Oklahoma Sooners (#11) vs. the Aggies of Texas A&M (#9).

As both teams finished 10-2 on the season in their respected conferences, the matchup features two highly talented quarterbacks, one a senior and the other a Heisman trophy winner. With expectations now high for Johnny Manziel, “Johnny Football” looks to lead his team into Dallas against a top prospect in Landry Jones and the rest of the Sooners squad. Kickoff is set for 7PMCT (Local Time), with coverage beginning 30 minutes prior on FOX.

Cowboys Stadium

With the Aggies heading North and the Sooners South, at the center of these two universities is the location where stars come out when under the lights – Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Located just 20 miles West of Dallas, the stadium where this years Friday Night Lights will be held is one of the most exciting new sports attractions in the U.S.

Here are our recommendations for those spending their nights in Dallas:

Find your tailgate

If you aren’t into spending $8-9 per beer to wash down the standard stadium food, well then getting to the bars before the game might be your best option. Hit up a Downtown pub or neighborhood bar before heading over to the stadium, or base your meet up spot off of specials that are being poured and served.

Otherwise, if you wish to get to the stadium early, buy your tickets for the Cotton Bowl tailgate party at Fishbone Grill. The event starts at 4PM Local Time, with live music and all-inclusive food and beverage choices before kickoff. Check Cotton Bowl tailgate party site for more information regarding the event and to purchase tickets ahead of time.

The Big D scene

For those spending the extra day(s) away from home, get out and experience the Dallas nightlife scene and checkout one of the top clubs that the city has to offer. If that isn’t your forte, find a bar with Live Music to relax and listen.

NFL Playoffs

The NFL playoffs are underway this weekend, with the first games (Bengals at Houston – a short drive away from Texas A&M) starting on Saturday at 3:30CT. Grab a stool at a sports bar of your choice and don’t miss a snap on what is expected to be a usual thriller of a ride for the NFL postseason.

We hope your travels to and from Dallas are safe, and that you enjoy your trip!


– barHappy Team

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