When it comes to sports, if there’s a ball, stick, mat, club, helmet, racquet, pool, referee or pit crew involved, you’ll find it in Texas. You can see your favorite Texas pro teams in action in the stadiums they made famous, or catch a minor league game with that same big league excitement.
Professional sports and their loyal fans are definitely big time in Texas, but when it comes to football, things get even bigger. Texas is home to two NFL football teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. The only thing more intense than their in-state rivalry is their diehard fan base. Before each adrenaline-filled game, you can easily lose yourself in a sea of loyal tailgaters who are just as excited to introduce others to their unique game day traditions.
If you’re in the DFW area, there are plenty of football sites to visit. You can schedule a tour of the remarkable new AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and see one of the world’s largest jumbotrons, or stop by the Cotton Bowl in east Dallas to get a taste of some Texas football history. Down south is Houston Texans territory, where you can catch a high-energy game inside a stadium that doubles as the premiere spot for one of the world’s most popular rodeos. If you’re looking for neutral ground, head over to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas – a place where fans put their loyalties aside in favor of appreciating legends and the love of the game.
There is also an enormous number of fine universities and colleges, each with their classic rivalries. Not only that, but countless out-of-state fans travel to see college football bowl games. Down in Austin, there are plenty of opportunities to tour the University of Texas campus and see firsthand how one of the nation’s top football schools got its claim to fame. Or you can head a little farther east and experience football culture at Texas A&M – a school known for its deep-rooted traditions both on and off the field.
No matter where you decide to start your next Texas travel adventure, it’s almost guaranteed that something football related will be nearby. So gear up and head out to see why Texas football is like a whole other game.
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