Yes, You Can Still Enjoy Texas Sports During COVID-19 (Here's How)
The roar of the crowd cheering. The taste of wings and cold beer. The feeling of victory from inside a stadium. These are just a few of the best things about being a Texas sports fan, especially when you’re lucky enough to live in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, where so much of the action goes down.
So here’s the question: Can you still enjoy DFW sports during COVID-19?
While it may come with some safety protocols, quirks, and temporary safety regulations, the answer is yes. From in-stadium experiences with social distancing and mobile ticketing to reduce contact to at-home fun that’s just as thrilling as being in the stands (and definitely much comfier), here’s how DFW sports are looking this year, along with helpful tips to ensure you have the best game day possible:
The Dallas Mavericks are done for the season. They wrapped up their season in the famous Florida NBA bubble with a spot in the playoffs. Stay tuned for what the next season might bring (we’re hoping at least some of it takes place in Texas).
Football fans rejoice; it’s on at AT&T Stadium this year. You can root for the Dallas Cowboys in person. The stadium is open with limited capacity. Safety protocols such as employee screenings and stadium disinfection prior to events are enforced to keep you safe. There are also over 300 hand sanitizer stations. If you go, you must wear a mask (even in the parking lot). Expect social distancing to be enforced, and have your phone ready for mobile ticketing. Everything on-site will be cashless, and food will be served in takeout containers with protective packaging. Tailgating? Keep one space between you and the car next to you.
The Dallas Stars are playing in the NHL bubble in Edmonton this season, which is one of two Canadian cities where the Stanley Cup playoffs are taking place. There’s no in-person attendance, so no need to hightail it to Canada. You can, however, attend a watch party at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tickets are just $10 and fan safety guidelines like social distancing, mandated masks, cashless concessions, and digital ticketing are in effect.
The Texas Rangers are playing at Globe Life Field with no audience in attendance. The team kicked off the season at the brand new field this summer and is playing a shortened schedule of just 60 games. Returns or exchanges for tickets bought in advance are available. This year saw the introduction of one interesting COVID-19 innovation for the Texas Rangers. Seats are filled by cardboard cutouts of actual fans who submitted their photos and their stories for consideration. You can learn more about these fans, called DoppelRangers, and keep an eye out for them when you watch games on TV. We suggest grabbing some game day takeout from one of these DFW restaurants.
The MLS season continues through November 8th. Individual tickets are still available. All sales are final. Games are played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. If you go, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and stay to your assigned seating area. Cashless payments will be in effect and tickets will be sent to your phone 48 hours prior to the game so that you can utilize mobile ticketing. At events, the stadium will be divided into different zones. Use the designated entrance from the parking lot (free parking this year!) for your zone and enjoy some concessions.
Yes, you heard it right, the National Finals Rodeo takes place in Texas this year. The most exciting rodeo event of the year typically takes place in Las Vegas, but in 2020, you can watch it at Globe Life Field in Arlington—the first non-baseball event to take place on the field. Tickets are sold in groups of four for the event which will take place from December 3-12. Expect mobile ticketing, social distancing, and plenty of hand sanitizer. As this event is several months out, keep an eye on local and state regulations as it draws closer.