Dallas Cowboys Tailgating Rules

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The Dallas Cowboys are finishing up the preseason and getting ready for their opening game against the New York Giants. Diehard fans are anxious about the season opener but the real fun will come on September 23rd. That is the date of the opening home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the first opportunity for fans to tailgate.

Before you run to the store and buy that new portable grill and Dallas Cowboys lawn chair, there are a few rules that you need to know. I went online to the official Dallas Cowboys stadium website for the official rules to tailgating and all the information you need to know is below:

Venue - Cowboys Stadium

City - Arlington, TX

Venue Capacity - Over 100,000

Estimated Parking Spaces - 30,000

Year Opened - 2009

First Regular Season Home Game - 9/20/2009 vs. Giants

Opening Game Attendance - 105,121

Tailgating Times - Officially, the parking lots for the Cowboys are opened five hours before every home game, however, I would suggest that if you want a good spot for tailgating that you get to the stadium as early as possible. Tailgating is permitted from the opening of the parking lots until two hours after every home game.

Where To Tailgate - The Cowboys have assigned designated tailgating spaces and request that tailgating is confined to these lots only. The spaces are conveniently placed on the outskirts of each parking lot and have grassy areas positioned behind each parking spot. These spaces are in Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Where Not To Tailgate - Tailgating is not permitted in Lot 3, portions of Lot 5, Lot 8, or Lot 9.

Spaces For RVs - Any vehicle longer than 19 feet, including RVs, must be parked in lot 14. You are required to purchase an RV/oversized vehicle parking pass to enter.

How Much Space Do You Have To Tailgate? - Tailgating is only allowed in the grassy areas. Private grassy areas are attached to parking spots on the perimeter of the lots mentioned above. These private areas are assigned on a first come first served basis and must be confined to a space 9 feet wide and 12 feet deep.

The general area for tailgating is any grass area beyond the 12 foot barrier and is considered common area to be used by anyone.

Trash and Coal Dumping - Coal containers and trash receptacles are conveniently located throughout each lot. Please use the coal containers for your used coals. Please do not dump trash or coals in the grass, under your car, or in the parking lot.

Things Not Allowed - In order to ensure the safety and comfort of all tailgaters, the Dallas Cowboys have a list of things not allowed. The list is as follows:

No firearms, weapons, or fireworks

No open flame fires (charcoal and gas cooking is allowed)

No deep fryers or any oil based cooking or frying

No saving parking spaces

No sale of food, beverages, merchandise, etc…

No advertising or promoting of any third party products

No picketing or political campaigning

No loud music

Now that you are all caught up on the official tailgating rules, let's get ready for some Cowboys football.

Derryl Williams is a Dallas native and Cowboys fan from birth. He has supported the Cowboys, win or lose, for 36 years and is anxiously awaiting the next Cowboys Super Bowl.

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