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A guide to AT&T Stadium, home of the Ohio State-Oregon Championship Game

Are you making the trek to Dallas to actually see the game? A stadium employee helpfully gives us the ins and outs of the stadium and area.

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So, welcome to AT&T Stadium folks! Your team worked very hard to get to Arlington, and as a person who works at the stadium, I want everyone to have a great time at the game, win or lose.

For those flying into the game, the closest place you can fly into is DFW Airport. You can hit up Love, but that's about a 20-30 minute drive to Arlington, depending on traffic and time of day. DFW is literally 6-10 minutes North of AT&T.

AT&T Stadium is located near the intersection of Interstate 30 and State Highway 360, right in the mid-cites part of the DFW metroplex. If you're coming from the East or the West, you're going to want to come in on I-30, while if you're driving from the North or South, 360 is your best bet. From 30, head towards Arlington and exit on Collins Street, and head South to the Stadium. From 360, you'll want to exit either on Randol Mill Road or Abram Street, and head West from there. Exiting on Randol Mill does allow you to get to more parking options, but Abram will be less congested at times.

Speaking of parking, there are 15 total lots that AT&T uses for their parking under their control. Globe Life Park, which is the home of the Texas Rangers, will have their parking lots available to use to park at. The City of Arlington allows folks around the stadium to run parking lots too, so you'll have spots available as well around there. Prices will vary, so be sure to look up where you want to go and how to get to your spot by using the stadium website.

Here are some tips I can give you to help with your experience.

  • Download the AT&T Stadium app, available either on Google Play or the App Store. It's a fantastic way to get around the stadium. When you have this app active and you are connected to the Stadium wi-fi, you'll have the ability to see how traffic is doing around the stadium, where you are and how to get to your seat, and what is around you (restrooms, concessions, AT&T Stadium artwork, etc).

  • Come inside the stadium in the entries marked on your ticket. If you have a SRO/non-club ticket, you'll be either entering the stadium on the East (Gates B-C-D) or West (Gates G-H-J). If you're entering in a club/suite entry, you can use the North (Gates K&A) or the South (Gates E&F). Entering in the marked entries on your ticket will help you get to your seat quickly.

  • If you enter AT&T on either the East or West side, as you face the field, there will be a ramp heading up/down to your left, and a escalator to your right, as well as stairs near both.

  • If you are entering in a club/suite area, there are multiple elevators and escalators going up and down to help you get to your seat. Show your ticket to Concierge staffers, and they will help you get to your seat.

  • AT&T Stadium uses the NFL bag policy for what can and cannot come into the Stadium. The following below is what the policy is. Please be aware of it before you arrive.

NFL approved bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." The bags may be hand-carried or have a shoulder strap. (Officially licensed NFL team logo clear plastic tote bag measuring 12" x 6" x 12" will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com).

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small, one compartment, clutch bag that does not exceed 8.5" x 5.5", with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag.

  • Do also be aware that you will be wanded and your bags will be searched on the way inside the stadium.

  • If you have an issue inside AT&T that you feel needs attention, please text the word STAR along with the issue and your location (section, row, seat or gate or etc..) to 69050.

  • Smoking and E-Cigarettes are not allowed inside AT&T Stadium. If you wish to smoke, the easiest places to go would be out in the East or West plazas.

  • Gates for the title game will be open at 5:30pm local time. Parking lots are scheduled to be open at 11:30am.

Any other questions you may have can be answered here at the AT&T Stadium website.

As far as places close to AT&T you may want to visit, here are a couple of my favorite spots:

Main Street BBQ: This place is a great way to get a hold of the Texas Barbecue scene. It's only open Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm, and Sunday from 11am-4pm. It's AYCE and costs just over $15 for all the ribs, brisket, chicken, beans and potato salad you can eat. You can also BYOB and enjoy your fave brews while eating.

Kincaid's Hamburgers: There are Ft Worth faves, and then you have this one. O.R. Gentry started his little grill inside the Kincaid Grocery Store in South FtW, and his burgers are all over for you to try now. That being said, if you're a guy who likes the smaller burgers, I shall point you to...

In-N-Out: Yes, the California staple has moved into the Lone Star State. In n Out opened up several stores in the DFW metro a few years ago, and has recently moved to Austin and San Antonio. The closest In n Out to AT&T is on Interstate 20 near Cooper Street. Simple menu, open late, and relatively cheap.

Tim Love's Lonesome Dove: If you're near FtW and looking for higher end Texas staples, go head to where Tim Love wrecks it with a fantastic menu. Personally, the Tomahawk Ribeyes with Langostino's for 2 would be my pick, but I personally hate money.

Billy Bob's: Finally, for a awesome place to hang out near the Fort Worth Stockyards, take a trip to Billy Bob's Honky Tonk Bar & Concert Hall. For all the years I've lived in DFW, I have never heard one bad thing about Billy Bob's.

Have fun!