Tailgating at Cowboys Stadium

Submitted by tdeshetler on August 19th, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Hey fellow MGoReaders.

I haven't found this information on the board recently.  If it is, then Mods please go ahead and delete this post.

If you're coming to Dallas for the game and plan to tailgate outside the stadium, there are some very specific rules you need to know.  The most important one of all is that you are not allowed to 'tailgate' in the parking lot.  There are designated tailgating lots, but you need to find a grass area in order to setup chairs, tents, grills, coolers, etc.  Staff and security are very specific about this rule and will be driving around every 15-20 minutes.

I'm including some of the offical rules from the Cowboys.  Let me know if you have any other questions, and i'll try to answer them:


Tailgating Spaces
Tailgating for Cowboys games is permitted in designated tailgating spaces only. These spaces are located on the perimeter of each parking lot and have a grassy area immediately behind the vehicle parking spot. There are tailgating spaces in Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and the spaces are filled on a first come/first served basis. If interested in tailgating, it is important to arrive early to obtain one of the designated spaces.

Tailgating Guidelines
All guests wishing to tailgate must observe the following guidelines. These guidelines have been developed to provide a fair, reasonable and safe tailgating experience for guests. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in the loss of tailgating privileges and ejection from the parking lot.

  • Tailgating spaces are for vehicles only. Parking spaces may not be used for tents, grills, chairs or other items. Each vehicle must have a valid parking permit.
  • Tailgating is defined as the placement of any item on the ground (chairs, coolers, grills, games, etc.)
  • Tailgating is only permitted in the grass areas on the perimeter of the parking lots. The maximum area that any single tailgate space may occupy is 9-feet wide and 12-feet deep.
  • Tailgating must be confined to the area adjacent to the end of the designated tailgating vehicle parking space (maximum of 12 feet from the rear of the parking vehicle).
  • Any grass areas beyond the designated tailgating spaces are considered common ground and may be used by other guests for tailgating or picnicking activities.
  • Tailgating is not permitted in Lot 3, portions of Lot 5, Lot 8, and Lot 9.
  • Tailgating is permitted from the time the lots open and up to two (2) hours following Dallas Cowboys or college football games.
  • All guests must follow the directions and instructions provided by stadium personnel (parking staff, security, police, etc.).
  • Dispose of trash in the appropriate receptacles.
  • Coals must be disposed of in the designated coal containers located throughout the lots. Do not dump coals or store stoves on the grass, parking areas, under or around vehicles.
  • The following items/activities are prohibited:
    • Deep fryers or any oil-based cooking or frying
    • Open flame fires of any kind. Charcoal or gas cooking is permitted.
    • Disorderly conduct
    • Picketing, political campaigning or soliciting/distribution of any kind
    • Saving parking or tailgating spaces
    • Weapons and fireworks
    • Sale of food, beverage, merchandise, etc.
    • Advertising or promoting any third party products (including but not limited to food and beverage products)
    • Amplified sound systems or the use of radios/audio devices at loud levels.




rob f

August 19th, 2012 at 9:53 PM ^

makes me appreciate even more the great tailgating we have at the golf courses next to Michigan Stadium.  

With less than 3 weeks until the first U of M  home game, I'm already starting to organize my tailgating gear.   The waiting is the hardest part...


August 19th, 2012 at 9:58 PM ^

I have a parking pass for lot 11, and I will be tailgating in one way. I will also be avoiding Mosquitoes like I avoid driving through E.L. on my way to work.

South TX MFan

August 19th, 2012 at 11:52 PM ^

Another reason to hate the Cowboys. Tailgating for the Texans games is SO much better, one of the best in the country. I made it to AA for The Game last year for the first time and was able to tailgate at the golf course. It was pretty amazing.


August 27th, 2012 at 2:46 PM ^

I saw the same information on College GameDay Parking http://www.cowboystailgate.com/index.html  I've emailed them to find out if there is an official word, but no word yet.  Also, I think this site is reputable as it offers a balanced account of parking out there in the "official lots" vs "private lots", which I can verify from going to the Lions-Cowboys game there last year.  FWIW, I prefer the private lots because of their less restrictive tailgating rules (more like Ann Arbor).


August 28th, 2012 at 10:26 AM ^

We got a spot in "Stadium Parking LLC- Lot SP4 through parkwhiz.com if anyone is still looking for parking.  Would love to fill up the lot with as much Maize and Blue as possible.  Seems like a good spot, inexpensive, and private (so we don't have to deal with the stupid Jerry World tailgating rules).  The lot also opens at 11am, which is one of the earlier options I could find for all day parking.     wit