Finally. We've made it to Game Week. Soon, fans from Oklahoma and Florida will be making the trek to Dallas for the Cowboys Classic. A prime time television slot, national telecast on ABC and ESPN's College Gameday will mark the opening week of college football's marquee matchup.
To prepare fans for the ultimate game day experience, I, with help from Twitter and fellow Cowboys Ride For Free contributors, have compiled a complete guide to aid every fan in ensuring a successful weekend.
Get Up, It's Gameday-
For the hardcore fans, this is the must-do-first of the day. It's a chance to show pride in your school on a live national telecast, all while hanging with the guys (Kirk Herbstriet, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Co.) and getting yourself pumped up for kickoff. I've had the privilege of being a part of several shows, so I'll highlight the basics.
If you're serious about being front and center, you'll need to show up to Sundance Square at about 5:00 a.m. They don't open the lower area next to the stage until later, but getting there early will guarantee you get close to the stage and within a clear view of the cameras.
Also, this will give you plenty of time to wake up and mingle with other fans.
Gates are open and the crowd is packing in. Music blaring, and the man next to you may already smell like PBR, but it's all a part of the experience. There'll be live look-ins from SportsCenter, so this is a good time to practice your cheers, get your voice ready and coordinate with fellow fans. Get ready, because it's almost time.
Live from Ft. Worth! (8:00 a.m.)-
Lights, Corso, ACTION! The real fun begins now, as your face will be plastered on millions of televisions across the US and, presumably, the globe. The show lasts several hours, but drink it all in. The tone of your day will be set by the energy from the show. Here are a few things to remember:
- Don't be afraid to act a fool. If you're going to just stand there with your arms crossed, you should've just stayed at home.
- Boo Finebaum. Every time.
- Make a sign, but be clever and creative. Last year, an OSU student made Bryce Petty on a wrecking ball, ala Miley Cyrus. It was awesome.
- Be respectful to opposing fans. Harmless, witty trash talk is fine, but no need to get arrested for fighting about which school has the better horse.
- When it comes to Game Picks, cheer loud when your team is chosen, and boo ferociously when they're picked against.
- Once again, HAVE FUN. This is all about celebrating your team and your love for college football.
Get Your Grub On-
Once Corso has donned the head gear and Gameday has concluded, it's 11:00 a.m. and you're hungry. Bid farewell to your newly-made friends (or invite them along) and head for the eateries. The DFW Metroplex is full of choices of eateries and pubs, so there's something for everyone. Here are just a fcouple choices from Twitter and CRFF contributors of places to feed your hunger and quench your thirst.
- Twisted Root Burgers
- Velvet Taco
- Pecan Lodge
- Deep Ellum Brewing
- Babe's Chicken
- Flying Saucer
- The Truck Yard
Those are just a few suggestions, but with a little bit of exploring and an open mind, your eat and drink options are near endless.
Get Some Rest-
At some point, you'll need to take a nap, sleep off your lunch and get ready for the tailgate. Trust me, few things in this world do more good than a power nap.
By now, you're rested and ready for the game! Buuuuut, it's like 5:00 p.m. At this point, it's time to join your fellow game go-ers at the Parking Lot Party. Jerry World has many large parking lots, but also strict tailgating rules. Be sure to know these tailgating and parking rules before you park.
People usually get mad at me because I like to go to places early, but trust me. You'll need to give yourself plenty of time to find your seat, gather your concessions, and just explore the vastness of AT&T Stadium. Also, you'll want to be there for pregame, watch both marching bands and see your team take the field.
Once it's time for kickoff, you've finally made it! Congratulations! Enjoy the game!
If I've left something out or you have your own suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section.