I love doubleheaders. On my bucket list is getting to see an MLB doubleheader- they schedule them sometimes if it’s doable after a game gets rained out. The closest I came to seeing one was when my parents came for my college graduation; the Friday night game got rained out so they played two on Saturday. We went to the first one but had to get back to campus for graduation activities, but I always wish we’d just stayed. But multi-sport double headers are just as cool, and we had a pretty sweet one set up in Dallas. The first game was another college football game, and another great matchup- Oklahoma State at TCU.
Before I get to the seats, I’ll talk about the campus. TCU is known in the area for being the school for rich kids, and they certainly live up to that billing in terms of their campus. It’s big, sprawling, and pristine. After the cleanliness of the Mavs arena the night before, I was quickly coming to the conclusion that Dallas is one of the cleanest cities in the whole country. The stadium was also gorgeous- clean cut lines and well updated while still holding on to a bit of an old school feel. There were some people braving the chilly morning and tailgating before the game, but not nearly as rowdy as the folks outside the stadium in Houston. Overall, I would call the fans sophisticated. They didn’t ever get too riled up during the game, which is good, since they lost and I was wearing an Oklahoma State shirt and cheering loudly for the team in orange. I'm not an Oklahoma State fan, but I had this grand idea that it would be super cute if Joel and I wore shirts from the teams we were seeing- he got one team while I got the other. I was actually jealous that he got TCU, but by the end he was even rooting for the Cowboys in his purple shirt!
Our seats were purchased off of Stubhub and were in my go to football section- as close to the field as possible (6th row this time) just off center in the end zone. We ended up being surrounded by quite a few Oklahoma State fans. TCU looked pretty decent in the first quarter, but didn’t score again the whole game and got worked 31-6. Despite the lopsided score, our section of Cowboys fans had a good time. The weirdest part of the whole game/stadium was the weather, though. Up in the walkway areas above the sections, it was freezing cold. It hadn’t been warm outside the stadium, and the wind was whipping around that area pretty bad. Down in the bowl, on the other hand, was sunny and warm. I assume the bowl did a good job of blocking the wind and making it nice and warm, but it was seriously about 20° from the walkway to our seats.
We ate at the stadium for lunch, and while the variety wasn’t comparable to professional stadiums, it was probably the most that I’ve seen at a college stadium. They had several different varieties of dogs and such, although I went with the usual- unsalted pretzel, no cheese. Just carbs. In my belly.
Also, this is a more typical college stadium in that it doesn’t serve alcohol. Some nice tailgaters offered us some drinks before the game, but once inside the stadium, it’s strictly water and soda. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world when you’re going to an 11am game.
Parking for this game was a big struggle- went ended up having to park about a mile + away from the stadium. However, we parked in a residential area, so it was free and I was fairly comfortable with the car being safe.
Joel’s best friend Jordy was working in the San Antonio area and met up with us the night before to join us for the rest of the stops on the trip. It was great to have him around for several reasons, but the best was that we didn’t have to ask randos to take our picture. I will always do it, but it’s almost always a bit disconcerting, especially since I need to psych myself up a bit before I ask so I end up standing awkwardly near the person for a few seconds before I actually say anything. Pretty solid.
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.