Advocare Classic 2017 (UM v Florida) Questions

Submitted by JClay on January 5th, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Hope we're sufficiently enough into a lull period that I can bring up 2017 games. A friend and I are planning on going to this. Planning our trip now and trying to lock down a hotel/flight package. A few questions for either people who went to the Bama game there or are just in the Dallas/Ft Worth area.

  • What is the parking situation like around AT&T Stadium? (We are renting a car.)
  • If we get a hotel in Arlington/Fort Worth, is there decent nightlife out there? If we stay in downtown Dallas, what sort of drive are we looking at to the game?
  • TCU/SMU/Baylor all appear to open @home with patsies that day. If we want to take in a second game (assume they're all noon kicks just for the sake of argument), who has the best environment for football fans trying to mark other stadiums off their list?
  • Any estimate what we're looking at as far as face value of tickets if we get them through the athletic department?




January 5th, 2017 at 1:46 PM ^

Yep. Get your reserved parking ahead of time.  There are private lots up the road, but it's a long walk.  The lots are fairly close to the stadium (although nothing is very close) and that's where most of the tailgating takes place.

We stayed downtown since there seemed to be more to do in Dallas.  The drive/traffic wasn't bad either way but we went early and stayed a bit late.


January 5th, 2017 at 1:37 PM ^

Fort Worth is solid for stuff to do and either TCU or SMU would be close enough to get to the game... Baylor however (Waco is not close).


January 5th, 2017 at 1:42 PM ^

  • There's a ton of parking near the stadium which will be a minimum of $25.   However, the lots are big and will take forever to get out of after the game.  If you look online restaurants and other places will sell parking cheaper.  I've always liked parking near the highway which allows for a quick out but it's a 1/2 mile walk.
  • Don't stay in Arlington.   Pick either Fort Worth (nightlife in Sundance Square/Stockyards) or Dallas (Uptown/Deep Ellum/Addison/Lower Greenville for nightlife).  The drive will be ~30 minutes.  
  • Baylor is like 2 hours away.   I'd veto it just for the drive.  SMU has a huge tailgating scene (it's called boulevarding) while TCU is probably more interested in the football.   I still haven't been to either for a game.
  • Cheapest tickets will probably be 120 for nosebleeds.


January 5th, 2017 at 1:44 PM ^

Arlington around the stadiums is basically a parking lot. There is plenty. Stay in Dallas. Don't bother with TCU. If you really want to go to a game stay in Dallas and go to SMU game.


January 5th, 2017 at 1:46 PM ^

I went for the Alabama game there with about a dozen friends a few years ago. Thoughts:


  • Pretty good nightlife downtown Dallas. If that's important to you then I would get a room in the Pearl Street area.
  • We parked at the stadium. It was so hot that we actually bought one of those small square tent things at a local store. Best money we spent.
  • We also got a room at the Days Inn across the street from the stadium. None of us actually stayed the night there. It was nice to have a little home base very close by to get out of the heat, watch other games, store beer/food/ice/etc. Also money well spent.
  • I think tickets were $175. We sat way up in ther corner. We were so far away that I ended up watching most of the game on the big ass video screen above the field. 

I've been to over 25 Michigan away/neutral site games in my life. I would say that was one of the least enjoyable trips to be honest. Probably a lot had to do with getting our asses kicked. NFL stadiums no matter how nice still really suck from an atmosphere standpoint in my opinion. Unless you want to spend money on decent to good seats, I would rather have watched it at home.


January 5th, 2017 at 9:56 PM ^

Yeah, DFW is a relatively undesirable location for a neutral-site game. Ideally you'd want a place where plenty of lodging and nightlife is very close, if not walking distance, to the stadium. Nashville would've been great for this reason, but even more so because it's virtually equidistant from Ann Arbor and Gainesville.

Gentleman Squirrels

January 5th, 2017 at 1:50 PM ^

I was planning on going to the Cotton Bowl last weekend and the cheapest parking ticket around the lots were supposed to be about $55. For the Heart of Dallas Bowl that happened before that it was around $20, so it depends on the event.


January 5th, 2017 at 1:52 PM ^

Note: I went to the last one, live in DFW, and am going to this one.

  1. The parking situation is what you'd expect.  90,000 fans leave an event around the same time less than a mile from a major amusement park (Six Flags Over Texas) and also from a MLB stadium with a home game that day... all on a holiday weekend.  It's a bear and expect 1-2 hours to get off the premesis if you drive yourself.  Set reasonable expectations and you'll be fine.  I have not tried Uber/Taxi so I don't know about that.  I have walked from games to nearby hotels (just north of the stadiums) and that's much quicker than any other method.
  2. I'm not the nightlife type, but I think Dallas has more of that than Ft Worth.  The drive in shouldn't be a problem... not much different than driving into Ann Arbor from the metro-Detroit area on gameday.  There are about 48 highways here though so things move pretty swiftly until you get to the stadiums in Arlington.
  3. Only attended a game at SMU (vs TCU this year) and it was a cool environment.  They have a huge shaded blvd for all the pregame which seemed neat.  Baylor's stadium looks cool from the outside, but sits by itself on the other side of a river from campus so don't expect a nestled-in-campus vibe.  Waco is also a little bit of a hike from DFW, much further than SMU and TCU.  Overall, I'd go with TCU or SMU depending on the matchup and timing.
  4. Not sure.  Total guess: $95?

Navy Wolverine

January 5th, 2017 at 1:56 PM ^

I used to live in Fort Worth and got my Masters from SMU.

Both TCU and SMU have nice campuses and nice stadiums. I think SMU's campus is a little nicer but TCU will have a more exciting game-day experience simply because they have been better over the last several years. SMU often struggles to get their stadium half full. I wouldn't be surprised if those games are at night though since it will still be scorching hot down in North Texas on Labor Day weekend. Something to check out. Baylor will be too far away (about 1.5 hours+) to catch a game on the same day.

I can't speak to downtown Dallas, but Fort Worth's downtown is very nice. It is set up so you can walk to several nice restaurants and some bars as well (I like the Flying Saucer myself). There are some decent downtown hotels as well (I like the Renaissance Worthington).

It should be a good game. My wife is a Florida grad and I would love to go but other vacation options may take priority this year. 


January 5th, 2017 at 3:52 PM ^

There is also a pretty new Residence Inn in the West 7th area/Cultural District of Fort Worth, this is a nice area that has some good restuarants and bars that would be in walking distance from the hotel.


January 5th, 2017 at 2:12 PM ^

While a farther drive to the Arlington area, if you decide to stay closer to downtown Dallas it may be worth flying into Love (primarily Southwest flights). That's a very manageable airport from my experience - once took me maybe 15 minutes to get a bag checked and thru security. The Uptown area just north of downtown has great brunch, bar and food options.


January 5th, 2017 at 2:19 PM ^

That reminds me... I've travelled between Detroit and Dallas by air about 3 times a year for the last 4 years.  I have yet to find a Southwest flight that is as economical as American.  $135 per seat on American is a steal, $300 per is what I'd expect to pay around holidays.


January 5th, 2017 at 2:16 PM ^

Definitely stay in Fort Worth. Dallas isn't really set up for you to walk around and, frankly, I've never quite gotten the appeal (been here in DFW for over a decade now).

They tend to be night games since it's so hot so you'll probably have to pass on that. Parking wise it all depends on if you want to tail gate - frankly I'd just park in one of the non-Jerry World lots and go hit up Boomer Jacks after the game (to cheers a win or drown your sorrows) while traffic unwinds.

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January 5th, 2017 at 2:46 PM ^

Just moved to Dallas in August. Live on the eastern part of the city. I was so excited to see Michigan at Jerry's World. Weekends and holiday traffic is so much better than regular work day traffic.

If the Rangers are in town their ballpark is right there as well as Six Flags so traffic around the stadium is going to be crazy espically at night. If you are staying in Downtown Dallas it takes 30 minutes once you get out of the stadium traffic.


January 5th, 2017 at 3:49 PM ^

I live in Fort Worth now, and have been to Jerry's World the past couple of times the past few years.  Parking/Traffic is a pain when you get near the stadium.  I would suggest taking the TRE(Trinity Railway Express)  you can get on it either in downtown Dallas or Fort Worth.  Tickets are between $5-10 per person for an all day ticket.  I would get off at either the Centerport/DFW station(Coming from Dallas) or Bell Helicopter Station(Coming from Ft Worth), once you get off you can UBER to the stadium for $10-$15, if you are worried about the UBER availability you can also pre-schedule the uber to those stations.  


Some food suggestions

Dallas BBQ - Lockhart smokehouse, I prefer this over Pecan lodge

FT Worth BBQ - Heim BBQ

Let me know if anyone has any other questions.


January 5th, 2017 at 3:50 PM ^

Parking lots are gigantic.  The baseball stadium is in the same complex.  You can buy passes in advance, but they'll probably be $50 plus.  Traffic was backed up on I-30 around there afterwards, which I assumed was game related.  I may be wrong, but my impression was that there are better stadiums to escape from as well as worse (Fed-Ex in DC for example).

There is a group of hotels (Hilton, Hampton Inn, etc) on the other side of I-30 that you can see in Google maps.  It's about a 45 minute walk from there to the stadium, though supposedly my brother's hotel had a shuttle.  We just walked as it was nice out.  That said, a chunk of the walk was on the breakdown leg of a busy'ish brdige over the freeway and I have no idea what it would be like at night.  FWIW, we didn't see anyone else take the same route we did.  Amenities around there weren't great Bob. We walked back and then over to a small bar to watch the Rose Bowl.

Six Flags is there as well.

Downtown/uptown Dallas is a short drive without traffic, like 25 minutes or so.  Pro tip: Have a sober person in the passenger seat with Google-map skills and a sense of humor.  The freeway system is extensive but spaghetti like and between exit signs changing numbers, weird things like taking I-35E North and exit signs poitning to zebra-striped lanes that end, driving around there at Detroit-like speeds can be challenging.

If you care, Austin is a 3, 3-1/2 hour drive.

House Mother

January 5th, 2017 at 7:29 PM ^

At the Alabama game, the security lines took FOREVER. Many people missed kick-off. We had to go through a metal detector and they were slower than TSA. It was also 100 degrees so that made it even worse.