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Plan to see a Texas Rangers game!!
What could be more fun on a pleasant night than a ball game? This was one of the first activities we took in after moving here!
We purchased tickets to see the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Devil Rays. Rangers won 13-6 and it was an exciting game! Each time Texas hit a home run, fireworks lit up the skies above Ameriquest Field. The night was a comfortable 70 some degrees, the crowd was compatable, the colorful skies illuminated and the hot dogs had that unique ballpark taste--in a word, yummy!!
Ameriquest Field opened in April,1994 and is part of a 270 acre complex. It is an open-air ballpark offering over 49,000 seats on five levels. The complex contains a 12 acre lake, baseball museum, a youth baseball park, recreation area and children's learning center, as well. Retail shops are located in an office building at the site. The playing field is of sod with the outfield an asymmetrical shape reminiscent of those constructed in the early 20th century. The facility cost 191 millions dollars to build.
There are 120 suites located on the lower and upper levels. In addition, a large suite for special functions is located at each of these levels. A two-tiered seating area is located in the right field, much like oldtime construction. Overhead fans were installed to provide for more comfortable spectating.
Ticket holders can grab a bite to eat at The Bullpen Grill, located in the left field. It seats 150 on three levels with a view of the field. The Diamond Club can be reserved for special events and holds up to 500 seated guests or 1,000 buffet style. The Gold Club (mezzanine level)is for season ticket holders in the lower seating area and has a complete bar, tv monitors and food service. Concession stands number 75 and are located on all three concourses.Related to:
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Frisco Roughriders MLB / 7-UP Dr. Pepper Ballpark
If you like baseball, especially minor leauge, you will love this. They aren't the best team, but the experience is great!! The tickets are only about $7 per/person, and the seats are good, no matter where they are located.
Equipment: Baseball glove, hat, sunscreen.Related to:
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Dallas - Cotton Bowl
One of the most exciting sports activities to do throughout the year is to go to a College Football Bowl Game.
If you are in Dallas for New Year's, you can expect a 10am kick off at the Texas State Fair Park, home to the SBC Cotton Bowl. This New Year's tradition has been around for 69 years, and is still going strong.
Tickets are about $75 USD, which may be worth it just to see the pageantry.
The Cotton Bowl also hosts "The Red River Shootout" between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma every year.
Equipment: Your school colors, fun loving attitude, and cash... since the line for the ATM machine is ridiculous!!!
NCAA Football - Baylor University
Being a Baylor Alumni, it is only fair that the first college football tip that I write pertains to my University.
Baylor is a small school of only 15,000 students, but we play a much tougher schedule, facing off against Texas (50K students), Texas A&M (30K), and others in the Big 12 conference.
Baylor has not had much luck lately in the Big 12, but we still win a couple shockers every year!
Floyd Casey Stadium is where the Bears play, and it has been known as a great place to watch a game, mainly because you can always get a seat, its inexpensive, and convienent.
Many pro teams
Texas is blessed with may professional teams so no matter what the season you can find a sport to watch.
Dallas Burn (MLS) - Dallas
Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - Dallas
Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Dallas
Dallas Stars (NHL) - Dallas
Houston Astros (MLB) - Houston
Houston Comets (WNBA) - Houston
Houston Rockets (NBA) - Houston
Houston Texans (NFL) - Houston
Houston ThunderBears (AFL) - Houston
San Antonio Spurs (NBA) - San Antonio
Texas Rangers (MLB) - ArlingtonRelated to:
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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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NFL Football - Dallas Cowboys
It is really debatable across the country on how many people agree with the moniker "America's Team", however most people in Dallas would believe that this is the case.
The Dallas Cowboys have a long history with the City of Dallas, and have a huge following of loyal fans.
The Cowboys play in the National Football League, which is the highest level of competition in American Football.
The Cowboys humbly began in 1960 under coach Tom Landry with an 0-10-1 record, but have recovered to be one of the Leagues most storied franchises.
Equipment: Dallas plays in Irving, TX at Texas Stadium. A new bond measure in Dallas will possibly be moving them to Arlington in the near future, however for the time being, you can still find them in Irving.
NBA Basketball - San Antonio Spurs
When you are in San Antonio in the Fall, Winter and Spring, you will have 41 opportunities to catch the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs play basketball in the National Basketball Association and have very recently won 2 World Championships.
Made famous by the combination of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, this San Antonio team is exciting to watch.
The Spurs are the only top level professional sports team in San Antonio, so they are very well liked.
They play their games at the SBC Center in San Antonio, which just opened up a couple years ago.
NBA Basketball - Dallas Mavericks
In March of 1980, Dallas was named the site for expansion of the NBA. During a radio call in contest, citizens of Dallas chose the Mavericks as the name of their team.
From 1980 till 2000, Dallas had one of the more mediocre to downright terrible teams in the history of the NBA.
Then a "maverick" owner named Mark Cuban hit the scene, reinvesting in the team and the arena, and the results have been marvelous.
Dallas now boasts one of the nicest arenas to watch basketball, the American Airlines Center, and a very good team
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Indoor rock climbing
Stone Works climbing gym! One of the BEST things I've found in this area! "North America's Tallest Indoor Climbing Gym!" These old silos are now my playground and hang out spot. The employees here are FANTASTIC! They will have you belaying in no time! They rent all the gear there or you can bring your own. They have a safety class to make sure you don't kill anyone LOL. They have runs for ALL levels of climbers! The "locals" there are happy to give you pointers if you get stuck at any spots too! The runs are changed every once in a while, so you will never Master them all! :) There are several runs outside too, which is VERY cool at night!!!! When you tire of the runs, the ENTIRE facility is set for bouldering! This is a GREAT way to learn techniques on those hard holds! Want to go upside down or hang by 1 finger?? Its all there!!
Day Pass $12
15 visit Punch Card * $150
Monthly Membership $60
* includes harness rental
Chalk Bag $2
$5 saftey course $30 Beginner/first timer must take course! They also offer Lead classes and private instruction! There are drinks to buy there, or you can stash your drink in the fridge. There is pleanty of water there, for a $1 donation...I usually put a couple bucks in...I love this place!!Related to:
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Lone Star Park opened in 1997 in Grand Prairie and is thought to be one of North America's most successful new racing facilities. The Grandstand building of Lone Star Park is pretty impressive. There is a total seating capacity of around 8,000 seats which includes the paddock and apron area. The park was designed to be family oriented.
There are terraced dining facilities in the Clubhouse and Jockey Club so as not to miss the racing events will eating. The glassed walls of the grandstand certainly provides amazing viewing as well as being in a climate controlled environment. Away from personal viewing there is also more than 600 television screens plus a giant infield screen.
One of the favorite pasttimes of Texans is to shoot at things. Especially when entertaining foreign travellers, one must show the proper techniques for skeet shooting.
For those of you that are unfamiliar, skeet is a term used to describe a clay target, which is flung in the air by a metal launching contraption. The shooter assumes the position shown in the picture with his shotgun.... when he is ready, he will call out "PULL" to the person operating the launcher. A clay target is then hurled into the air, where the shooter is required to aim the weapon, discharge the shotgun, and pray the bullet hits the target.
On this particular occassion, I was able to hit 3 of 8, which is far below my average. I have not shot in a while though!
Equipment: One shotgun, plenty of ammo, a clear and open field, a clay launcher (or someone with a REALLY strong arm), and strong liquor. Just kidding on the liquor part.Related to:
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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 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.
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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.
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