Rollerskating used to be a passion of mine, so when I heard that there was a skating rink not too far from where I was staying, I had to check it out..And YES, I could still do it..;-)
I guess it is like riding a bike.. some things you just don't forget.
Equipment: Rollerskates... you can bring your own, or hire at the skating rink.Related to:
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Home of the Texas Rangers. This stadium which was formerly called Arlington Ballpark, cost $191 million and took 23 months to build, it has a capacity for 49,178 people. There is an infield tarp that is mounted on hydraulic lifts and stored below ground level. Outside the park there is the Rangers Walk of Fame where you can read about each team in franchise history on the brick path beneath them.
Inside the there is a 17,000sqft museum and children’s learning centre and a 4 story office building. The field itself is 22ft below street level so as to avoid summer winds.
The Cotton Bowl
Cotton Bowl Stadium was built in 1930 and is the home of the Texas-Oklahoma University game in October of each year. The Dallas Cowboys games were played in the Cotton Bowl until 1971 and SMU's home games were played there too for years but they are now played at Owenby Stadium.
The stadium is Dallas' largest outdoor facility and can seat 100,000 fans. The Cotton Bowl is also the site of the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic played on New Year's day.
Alamodome as viewed from the tower. This is a 160,000sqft building which provides facilities for basketball, football, concerts and other events. It is the only domed stadium in North America with two permanent ice sheets. There are tours if events are not scheduled at the time.
Frisco - Dr Peppers/Seven Up Ballpark
The new Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark is the home of the 'Frisco RoughRiders' baseball team. The park opened April 3rd, in time for the 2003 season. The stadium cost $22 million to build. It reminded me more of an English cricket ground with the style of the buildings which is very different to the usual style of American ballparks. Really a very nice venue.
Equipment: There are 8,800 theatre-style seats in the stadium, while outfield grassy areas can hold another 1,800. There are also 29 private suites. The whole park has been designed really well with plenty of space and lovely landscaping. Plenty of restrooms and concessions stands as well. There is a high-resolution video screen in left-centre field so if you are at a distance, you can see all that is happening up close.
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo was established in 1958 as an experiment in ongoing rodeo and has gone on to become a world class attraction. With 250,000 attendances annually to live performances, television coverage has expanded world wide and now attracts one hundred million viewers per year. Facilities include grandstand seating for 6,500, a restaurant and Pony rides and Kiddie Korral for youngsters. The season runs April through to September on Friday and Saturday nights.
Texas Stadium was built in 1971 and it has to be one of the ugliest stadium (externally) I have ever seen. It always looks unfinished to me. The stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys football team – 5 times world champions. Aside from football games, festivals and concerts are also held here. You can take a tour of the complex all year round. The stadium has a unique hole in the roof, so that in bad weather, spectators can be protected from bad weather.
The lake on the Red River is shared by Texas and Oklahoma and is widely recognised as a top fishing lake and one of the most popular recreation destinations in the Southwest.
To fish the Red River below Denison Dam, requires a state license from the appropriate state. Striper can be found around the dam area in 45-50 feet of water. Activities include power boating, power sailing, personal watercraft, water skiing and wind surfing. Lake Texoma has become a huge sailing centre based on the lake's size, depth and miles of sailing shoreline.
Lake Ray Hubbard - Rockwall
Lake Ray Hubbard is a large 22,745-acre reservoir on the East Fork of the Trinity River which borders 4 counties – Rockwall, Collin, Dallas and Kaufman and is accessible from Rockwall, Mesquite, Garland, Rowlett, and Forney. It is man made and one of the older lakes in the Dallas area and there are about 6 fairly major marinas on the lake.
National Sailboat races and bass fishing tournaments are held annually on the lake.
The lake has an excellent fishery for sand bass, striped bass and hybrid stripers. Largemouth bass fishing has improved in recent years.
For a small fee you can fish off 61st Street Pier.
There are plenty of places for Surf Fishermen to throw out their line almost anywhere along the beach. Other free jetties and rock piers are found at Seawall Blvd. at 10th , 17th , 30th and 37th Streets.
The most popular sport fish in the Galveston area is the spotted seatrout which is also known as the speckled trout. Other local fish include Black drum, red drum, flounder, croaker, sheepshead, sand sea trout, gafftopsail catfish, and whiting.
There are lots of surfing spots from 61st Street Pier to the Flagship Hotel.
Astros Field (formerly Enron Field)
In 2002 the Astros bought back the naming rights to the field after the collapse of Enron. The field is home to the Astros baseball team. The first game played here was between the Astros and the New York Yankees. The field has a retractable room for indoor/outdoor playing.
Baseball is one of America's favorite games.. and it fast became one of mine also.
Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to see a live game, but I enjoyed watching it on television.Related to:
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