The Dallas Cowboys, known by football fans as “America’s Team,” play from August to December at the fancy new $1 billion (yup, billion) Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (925 N. Collins St., 817/892-4161, www.dallascowboys.com). New Texas-worthy amenities include a 60-yard-wide high-definition screen inside the world's largest dome stadium. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are still there, along with their skimpy outfits and big hair.
The Texas Rangers play from April to October at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (about 20 minutes west of town at the intersection of I-30 and Hwy. 157, 817/273-5100, www.texasrangers.com) in one of Major League Baseball’s most pleasant and aesthetically enjoyable stadiums.
The Dallas Mavericks, one of the National Basketball Association’s consistently elite teams, play from November through April and often even longer into the playoffs at American Airlines Center (on Victory Ave. off I-35E just north of downtown, 214/665-4797, www.nba.com/mavericks).
Despite its warm climate, Dallas has a respected hockey team that takes to the ice from October through mid-April. The Dallas Stars play at the American Airlines Center (on Victory Ave. off I-35E just north of downtown, 214/467-8277, www.dallasstars.com).
Major League Soccer has a devoted fan base in the Metroplex, and FC Dallas is the city’s popular franchise (30 miles north of downtown in Frisco at 9200 World Cup Wy., 214/705-6700, http://fc.dallas.com/). FC Dallas’s (the FC stands for Futbol Club) season lasts from April to October.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition