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2021 Dallas Cowboys Game Guide – What to Know Before You Go To a Cowboys Game

Updated to include 2021 Dallas Cowboys game attendance rules.

This post goes WILD during the Dallas Cowboys season and since writing this several years ago – I felt it was time to update this post for the 2021 Cowboys Season. Is there limited capacity at AT&T stadium? Do I need my vaccination card? What do I need to know before going to the Dallas cowboys game? We’ve got it all!

I’ve rounded up all of your helpful tips for attending a Dallas Cowboys game and included them in this post.

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What to know before heading to Dallas Cowboys stadium (AT&T Stadium)

We are sharing everything we have learned so that you can attend a Cowboys football game fully prepared. Learn where to stay, how to park, what to eat, where to tailgate, what to wear, how to get tickets and more!

Guide to Attending a Dallas Cowboy Football Game 

Our friends at #GoVerizon invited my sister Betsy and I (plus our husbands) to the Dallas Cowboys game. I’ve lived here in the Dallas area all of my life (minus 7 dreadful months in Arkansas), and I had NEVER been to a Cowboys game.

What kind of Texan was I! I had no idea what to expect, but woah – being at a Dallas Cowboys game (especially when they are playing the New Orleans’ Saints) is nothing like watching football on TV. I am sure it totally helped that our boys pulled thru and beat the Saints. 

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Any who, with all of the fun – I learned several things about going to a Dallas Cowboys game that you need to know!

What to Know Before You Go To a Dallas Cowboys Game in 2021

There were so many things that I wish I had known before attending game day, so here we are with a easy to use guide to attending a Dallas Cowboys Football Game!  Here are 5 things to know before you head out to Arlington, TX and the AT&T Stadium.

What to Expect in 2021 at AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium)

With the 2020 Covid situation, things got a little interesting in regards to attending a Cowboys game.

While the stadium typically holds 80,000 fans, due to Covid restrictions in 2020 attendance was limited to 20,000 fans per game and masks required.

Dallas Cowboys Mask Requirements at AT&T Stadium
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Cowboy Game Stadium at Full Capacity in 2021

Back in 2021, the Dallas Cowboy games were at a reduced capacity. Here in Texas, we are “back to normal” so bring on everyone. Yes, you heard that right – AT&T Stadium will be filled on Dallas Cowboy game day with 80,000 fans.

But surely there are stadium rules, right? Of course – but just warning you. If you are worried about catching a illness, this place will be packed with people.

Here are a few highlights to note for the 2021 Dallas Cowboy season in regards to rules for attending a game.

Mask Mandate

At Dallas Cowboy games, mask mandates are 2020, and in 2021 – you are just recommended to wear one if you are not vaccinated.

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Proof of Vaccination

You will not be required to show proof of vaccination, but Jerry Jones does recommend that you get vaccinated.

2021 Dallas Cowboy Game Rules

Let’s look at what you can expect at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for the 2021 Dallas Cowboy game rules:

  • Mask Policy – non-vaccinated fans are encouraged to wear masks. So basically, Masks NOT required.
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home.
  • Mobile ticketing only – all Dallas Cowboy game tickets will be digital and available through fans’ mobile devices. Tickets purchased from the Dallas Cowboys will be available via the Dallas Cowboys ro SeatGeek mobile app. In order to provide a contactless experience for fans, there will no longer be physical tickets.
  • 475 hand sanitization stations will be located throughout Cowboys stadium.
  • Before every event, the AT&T stadium will thoroughly clean and disinfect using electrostatic and fogging sprays.
  • Cashless Experience – bring a major credit card, debit card or plan to pay thru mobile pay.Cash is not accepted.
  • Frictionless Entry – security scans at all 15 entries of the stadium.
  • Staffing Protocols – our front-line stadium employees have received special training on CDC recommended guidelines. Vendors working at AT&T Stadium will be abiding by all stadium health and safety policies.
  • Tailgating – there are designated tailgating spaces that are spread out. Parties are not permitted.
  • Stadium Cleaning – AT&T Stadium is following CDC and outside medical and infectious disease experts to thoroughly clean and disinfect the stadium.
  • Staffing Protocols – staff will receive special training and wearing PPE.
  • Food and Beverage – all concession stands, catering spaces and bars will be trained on CDC recommended guidelines. All food items will be served in to-go containers with pre-packaged disposable ware and condiments.

You can view all of the updates on things you need to know in regards to Covid and Dallas Cowboy football at dallascowboys.com.

Uber to the Cowboys Game

We recommend taking an Uber to the Dallas Cowboys game. Also plan on taking the Uber from the Cowboys game. Why? People drive crazy and when you Uber – you can enjoy your beer, the ride, conversation with friends and it’s a lot less stress.

Take Uber To Save Money on Parking

Looking to park at the Cowboys game? Be prepared to shell out the big bucks. This is another reason to Uber!

Dallas Cowboys Football Game Parking Lot $100 Sign

Parking is OUTRAGEOUS at the stadium. Seriously, stores nearby charge $100 to park near the stadium and if you plan on parking in the parking lot – plan on walking. So wear shoes that are walking friendly.

To save money on parking, take a Uber. You will be dropped off right near the stadium. You will be able to drink and get home safely. Believe me, it’s worth the expense – maybe even cheaper.

Get to the Dallas Game Early and Tailgate!

The first half of the Dallas Cowboys season kickoff time is around 3:25 pm when they play a home game. Go to church or whatever your Sunday morning ritual is then head towards Arlington around noon.

Things to Do Before the Cowboys Game

Not sure what to do before the game, we got you covered! First, don’t worry about being bored if you just go straight to the stadium. If you arrive super early and looking for things to do in the Arlington area, here are a few suggestions.

Texas Live

Texas Live is located between the Texas Rangers Stadium and Cowboys Stadium. This entertainment complex is a great place to eat, relax and just enjoy some down time. Texas Live is also a great place to grab a beer and eat. There are a number of restaurants and there is alway something happening!

If you don’t have tickets to the Cowboys game and want to watch the game, Texas Live is your best option. With huge screens and a great crowd – Texas Live is your go to for Cowboy game watching.

Dallas Cowboys Tailgating Party Before Cowboys Game

Want to tailgate before Dallas plays? Here is where we tailgated. Fishbone Bar and Grill for the Bill Bate’s tailgate party.

Fishbone Bar and Grill across from Cowboy’s stadium
816 N Collins St.
Arlington, TX 76011

Throw your own Dallas Cowboys Tailgating Party by bringing out the truck, a cooler of beer and some food. There always seems to be a loud crowd of Cowboy fans tailgating in the parking lot before the game.

Fishbone Bar and Grill, across from Cowboy’s Stadium

Purse and Bag Rules at AT&T Stadium

Read the Rules for Bags and Purses! Plan on bringing a CLEAR bag into the stadium. That’s right ladies, your regular leather purse won’t work – and believe me, you don’t want to have to walk back to the car. Bring a clear bag if you need to bring a bag. Don’t have one? No worries, here are a few Dallas options:

Dallas Cowboys Fanny Pack

Be on trend and don’t worry about where you left your bag with this clear Cowboys fanny pack.

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Clear Stadium Tote

If you are bringing the family and are needing to carry more than your wallet, opt for the clear stadium tote.

Dallas Cowboys Bag

Here is the perfect Dallas Cowboys bag for bringing to the game.

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Here is specifically what Cowboy stadium bag rules are:

  • NFL approved bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.” The bags may be hand-carried or have a shoulder strap. …
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small, one compartment, clutch bag that does not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″, with or without a handle or strap.

Dallas Cowboys Purse

This option is a Dallas Cowboys purse. Featuring a lovely chain, perfect for wearing cross body.

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You must have a clear bag for the stadium if you plan on carrying anything bigger than your phone and wallet. Here are the official bag rules:

What Does AT&T Stadium Consider a Small Clutch to Be?

You CAN bring in a small clutch – but make sure to get out your ruler! The clutch has to be no bigger than 5 inches by 8 inches, roughly the size of a piece of notebook paper folded in half.

This applies to ALL events at the stadium, NOT just Dallas Cowboy games!

Where to Stay for a Cowboys Game

Need a hotel near Cowboys stadium? Something to note, did you know Cowboys stadium is actually NOT in Dallas? Weird, right? No worries – it’s not far, just a quick drive over to Arlington, TX will get you a place to stay for the game.

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We’ve got the hookup! Here are all the Arlington hotel surrounding the stadium with the hotel room prices.

Hotels Near Cowboy Stadium

Find a hotel for the Cowboy game – just click on a hotel to learn more.


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What to Wear to a Dallas Cowboys Game

Trying to decide what to wear to the Dallas Cowboys game? Wear your colors PROUD. A Dallas Cowboys jersey or Cowboys shirt is a must. People are hard core about their football teams and Dallas is NO exception.

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Make sure that if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan and not wearing a shirt, that you are wearing the Cowboys colors: navy blue, white and gray.

The couple in front of us were in black and this kid kept talking smack to them thinking they were Saints’ fans. Nope – they just didn’t choose their clothing color appropriately.

Dallas Cowboys Apparel

Here are a few options for Dallas Cowboy attire:

The Dallas Cowboys colors are Navy and White. Don’t be caught wearing black and gold at the Cowboys stadium!

Join in On Social Media #COWBOYSNATION

When at a Cowboys game (or just watching the Dallas game at home on the couch) – join in on the conversation on social media.

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Dallas Cowboy Hashtags

For the best in Dallas Cowboys news, follow #cowboysnation #dallascowboys

  • The things with watching football on TV is that ESPN or whatever channel you watch football on shows you ALL the details.
  • Someone gets hurt – you know.
  • Someone scores, you know exactly who and how many yards he ran this game and every game in history.

Well the Dallas Cowboys game, there is SO much going on it’s hard to keep track. Thankfully social media makes it easier to find out what is going on!!

AT&T Stadium Seat View

Wondering what your view looks like from your seat at AT&T Stadium? Check out Seat Geek for AT&T Stadium seat views.

Dallas Cowboys Haters

Also – be ready for the Dallas Cowboy haters. They tend to troll social media.

Enjoy the game!

Cowboy Game FAQ

Here are questions we are frequently asked or Googled for in regards to attending a Cowboys Football game:

What to Do For Dallas Cowboys Game?

Arrive early. Find a ride, uber or be prepared to pay to park (and walk!) Use social media at the game to connect with others. Make sure to wear your Cowboys apparel!

How Much are Souvenirs at a Cowboys Game?

While we don’t have an exact answer – our suggestion – buy your Cowboy Souvenirs ahead of time as everything is marked up. Check our Amazon suggestions above.

How Early Should I Arrive at the Dallas Cowboys Game?

I would make sure to arrive at least an hour early, maybe 90 minutes. There is a lot going on, so you won’t be bored. The stadium is worth walking around, take it all in. The people watching is amazing. Arrive early enough to find parking, your seat, get your beer and nachos and ready to rally the Cowboys to a win!

How Do I Get Cheap Dallas Cowboys Tickets?

Cowboys fans know all to well that that struggle is real when it comes to scoring discount Dallas cowboys tickets. Your best bet to get Cowboy tickets for cheap is to have a friend with season tickets who will sell them to you for their cost.

If your friends are lame and don’t have Dallas Cowboy season tickets, then here are a few other places to find cheap Dallas Cowboy tickets. That said, I am telling you now by saying cheap Cowboy tickets, they aren’t cheap. Hard core fans have to pay the price.

Cowboys Party Pass

So while the Party Pass tickets will get you into the Cowboys game at a discounted price, wear good shoes because you will be STANDING. That’s right! The party tickets are for standing room only. But hey, if you want to be at the game and don’t want to fork over a mortgage payment, this maybe a great option for you!

If you attend a pre-season game, the Party Pass tickets cost $20 when buying thru the NFL. For a regular season game, you will be paying $35.

I wish I had better news on scoring discount Cowboy tickets! It’s for them boys, right?

Several have asked about the AT&T Stadium Party Pass or a Cowboys Party Pass review. Here is what I would say. If you are on a budget and want to be at the Cowboys game, regardless of comfort – sure. If C19 is a concern, wear a mask, get vaccinated – but if it not, go for it. It is a VERY crowded area and I am not seeing any additional info that the Party Pass area is any different than in 2019.

Cowboys Party Pass Review

Here are a few party pass reviews of what the experience is like if you are in the Cowboys party pass area, also known as the Party Deck.

The party deck is a big mf you are not there at least 1 hour prior reserving your spot, you will not get a descent spot to see the game. The best spot is right up next to the railing, but all those spots are taken at about 2 hours to kick-off.

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If you’re going to sit in the Party Pass Area, definitely bring friends with you so they can save your spot along the railing or even wherever you’re standing. Get there early too!

Nothing too special about the Party Pass Areas. There are different designated areas but you’ll have a much better experience just forking over the money for a regular seat to cheer on the Cowboys.

If there is one way to describe the Party Pass area, it’s chaos and not in a good way. It’s basically a fancy way for Jerry to call it ‘standing roomy only’. You can’t see any of the field and end up watching the game on the huge jumbo tron when you could be watching it at home with an endless supply of beer in the fridge.

If you get next to the railing, you can’t go to get a beer or go to the bathroom because someone will take your spot. The party pass area is a waste.

Dallas Cowboys Party Pass View

The general consensus is that if you want a good view of the football game from the Cowboys Party Deck, make sure to get their super early (2 hours) and bring a friend so that you have someone to hold your spot when you have to leave. The only real view will be from the party deck railing and those party pass spots go quick as it’s first come first serve.

Party Pass tickets are not recommended for children, at least not under 8 years old. I know my kids – that are now all older than 8 years old would NOT last. Even my die hard Cowboys fan wouldn’t be able to stand that many people.

SRO Ticket

The Dallas Cowboys party pass is now being called a SRO ticket or standing room only ticket.

A Standing Room Only (SRO) ticket gives Dallas Cowboys fans the chance to participate in the Cowboys game day experience. The Standing Room Only ticket gives fans access to six decks to stand and watch the game from inside AT&T Stadium. This ticket does not grant access to a physical seat or seat location.

A limited number of single game Standing Room Only tickets will be available for all Cowboys home games.

Texas Live

If you want all the excitement of the game but don’t want to pay the outrageous ticket price to get into AT&T stadium, head over to Texas Live. During the Dallas Cowboy games, Texas Live is your go-to place to enjoy the show with a few thousand of your closest Cowboy friends!

Bonus, there is food galore with multiple bars and restaurants to choose from. With massive screens playing the game during game time, you will save on buying a ticket but still get the excitement of being near.

What Advice Do You Have for Someone Attending a Dallas Cowboys Football Game?