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“Watch the Ponies Run”

Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Ranked #103 of 245 things to do in Dallas
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Reviewed 25 November 2012 via mobile

The Gerald Ford Stadium is a great place to watch a football game. Most of the time the stadium is not sold out so you can stretch out a bit and be able to find great seats on the 50 yard line. Prices in the concession stands are fair and it is easy to park on side streets for free. Great time and affordable for the entire family.

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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Background: I earned a graduate degree from SMU in the early 1980's when games were played in Texas Stadium with no atmosphere. I avoided the team for over 20 years.

Fast forward past the Death Penalty to the incredible decision to totally renovate the 1920's Ownby Stadium and return to the SMU campus and create a more intimate college experience And, wow, what a job they've done in just a few years.

Getting to the game is easy with DART and SMU provides a courtesy shuttle from nearby Mockingbird Station, with free parking. Much easier and cheaper than parking on campus.

For starters, the Ponies don't tailgate, they "Boulevard" along the shaded tree-lined Bishop Ave. There's lots of food (often free) and fellowship for fans and visitors. The new Corral with lots of HDTV just opened, but I haven't visited yet.The SMU Alumni Band performs a pregame concert. And, about 45 minutes prior to kickoff, Peruna, cheer squads, and the Best Dressed Band in the Land march them to the stadium to the stadium. Consistently nominated as a top-20 tailgating experience.

The stadium seats about 32,000 and is cozy with an open grassy and slanted end zone with some kid activities. Good for younger kids, catch, frisbee, and a picnic. Basic tickets run $20-$35, except for when the big boys come to town.

Food options aren't vast but decent and most of us have already gorged on food and beer on the Boulevard anyway. Bottled water is $4, but you can't bring in your own unless it's well hidden.

The Mustang Band is the Hub of the SMU Spirit before, during, and after the game, with a short post-game concert. Even opposing fans tend to cheer Peruna as the little horse races across the field.

SMU football games are a remnder of what college football should be, rather than what it has often become. We meet lots of people with no ties to either school school just for that reason.

1  Thank s2mc
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

This is just a college football stadium at SMU. Go there for a SMU football game and nothing else. located in a very hard to find parking space neighborhood.

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Reviewed 27 June 2011

Great time, tour through player and cheerleader locker rooms. Actually went on the field for great pictures.

1  Thank Madison1234
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