Day 1, Friday October 11, 2013 – VIP AT&T Stadium Tour and SNF Bus Access
It is my humble opinion that Dallas Cowboys team Owner, President, and General Manager Jerry Jones owns the ultimate home field advantage. If you have not been to AT&T Stadium, you have not experienced what I believe to be one of the most incredible sporting venues in the world. The VIP tour took us through Jerry Jones’ “perch” where he views each
game, into luxurious suites adorned with tiger wood and alligator granite, into the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader locker rooms, and eventually leading us onto the stadium’s immaculate field. Our tour guide Dan was a wealth of AT&T Stadium facts and highly entertaining insights.
When finished with the tour, the NBC team led us back to the @SNFonNBC bus where we were presented with an assortment of swag ranging from Sunday Night Football on NBC chap stick (always important to keep your smoochers healthy when “booing” the other team) to NBC Sports hats, SNF T-shirts, and authentic Dallas Cowboys jerseys. NBC truly spoiled us Fans of the Week in the goodies department.
Day 2, Saturday October 12, 2013 – State Fair of Texas, Texas vs. OU Football Game and Ft. Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo
We began the second day at the great State Fair of Texas where it just so happened to be Texas vs. OU weekend. The University of Texas and Oklahoma University meet in one of college football’s finest traditions at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas among the hustle and bustle of the State Fair. The fair is one of the most unique, and authentically Texas, traditions we citizens of Dallas get to experience every fall, and to do the fair justice you have to see it yourself.
One could eat just about any type of fried food man has ever concocted (fried bacon cinnamon rolls anyone?) enjoy live music and entertainment, or enjoy rides and games at the Midway. It’s always important to swing by and get your picture taken with “Big Tex” while you’re at the fair, too. We Fans of the Week were able to experience the fair Sunday Night Football style in the plush, air-conditioned comfort of the SNF Bus.
Saturday evening the SNF FOW venue moved from downtown Dallas to the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Stockyards are where ranchers of old brought their livestock to market and are one of the oldest most historical venues in Texas. The crown jewel is the Stockyards Championship Rodeo where cowboys and cowgirls barrel race, bronco bust, and ride bulls among many other exciting events. The Fans of the Week were treated like royalty given full access to the rodeo’s amenities, personnel, and were allowed exclusive access to one of America’s longest running traditions.