Long Wait

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

I have been looking forward to this past Saturday’s football game since the series was announced in March of 2008.  The game?  The University of Arkansas vs Texas A&M in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium!

Shelby - Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Shelby & I went to the game with our uncles Mark & Rod.  None of us had seen the new stadium up close, much less inside, so we were very very impressed by the whole experience (well, exit traffic not so impressive).

The stadium was unbelievable to see in person.  I’ve never even been to an NFL stadium so that made this stadium that much more impressive.  Here are some of the better shots from in & around the stadium.

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

On to some football…The game was fantastic!  Arkansas beat Texas A&M 47-19.  The game started with 2 scores by A&M so we were a bit worried in the beginning but then the offense and the defense hit their strides and off we went.  These three shots are from the 2nd touchdown (1st at our end of the field) Arkansas scored.

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Touchdown! - Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

I love watching good marching bands.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a high school (Springdale High School) and college (University of Arkansas) alma mater with great marching bands.  Texas A&M’s is like none I’ve seen.  Their precision marching was unbelievable and the crowd gave them a great standing ovation when they were done.

Texas A&M Marching Band - Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Texas A&M Marching Band - Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

Texas A&M - Arkansas vs Texas A&M - Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX - 10/3/09

The only negative about the whole evening was the traffic getting out of the stadium and back to Mark’s house in Dallas.  We had no problem getting to the stadium and into our parking spot.  We literally did not move within the parking lot for 30 minutes trying to get out.  We finally gave up that route and turned around to try another one.  It still took us another 30 minutes to get to I-30 (a mile from the stadium) and on our way to Dallas.  It then took another hour to get back to Dallas.  The great stadium and game made up for the traffic issue getting home.  It’s just one of this Grrr! moments that we won’t forget.

Here is a slideshow of several of the photos I took outside and inside the stadium before, during, and after the game.  Enjoy!

Penni - October 7, 2009 - 9:57 pm

The pictures are great. I seriously love your camera. It looks like it was a great experience. Glad you had a good time, minus the leaving traffic!

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