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Tips for Steelers fans going to the Super Bowl
First of all, Super Bowl or not, you couldn't be blamed for packing your towels and heading south. With temperatures in Dallas expected in the low to mid sixties next week, we all could use a good excuse to defrost our toes and boast our black and gold in a few less layers. This is no Detroit or Minneapolis Super Bowl, friends. This is TEXAS, where the February weather is balmy and the BBQs fire up year round.
Naturally, the fastest - and most expensive - route to Dallas is by air. As of today you can catch a perhaps inconvenient but definitely do-able round trip from nearby Chess Lamberton (FKL) to Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Friday to Monday for less than $800. Flights from Pittsburgh proper (PIT) are creeping closer to $900 round trip and will only climb higher the closer we get to game day.
A more affordable option if you're traveling with fellow fans is to drive. It's a hefty 1200 mile, 20 hour drive to Dallas, which we can fairly say will be a two day trek. But for an SUV full of friends, it could be the road trip of a lifetime. And for $300-400 in gas plus the cost of a cheap hotel en route, it can be downright reasonable.
The obvious culinary attraction of Texas has to be the BBQ, and the area around Arlington has plenty to offer.
For classic, homey fare check out the popular Bodacious Bar-B-Q, but not on game day, they're closed on Sundays.
Bone Daddy's House of Smoke is another local favorite, for both the delectable ribs and the "friendly" (hot) staff. With outdoor seating (in February!) and affordable dinners, you can't go wrong.
To sample the best Mexican in town, check out one of Arlington's - in fact Texas' - top restaurants, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, open late on Fridays and Saturdays for that late night nacho craving.
If you have the time, take a jaunt over to Fort Worth to see how a Texan beer can stand up to Iron City Brewing. Rahr Brewery is showcasing a scotch ale this month, and offers tours every Saturday 1-3, no reservation required.
Arlington and Dallas hotels are filling up as we speak, so best jump on accommodations as soon as you can. For budget travelers, the Quality Inn, Comfort Suites, and Best Western in Arlington all have current availability, with prices ranging from $200-300 a night, but be warned that many hotels require a four-night minimum stay during the Super Bowl.
As Cowboy Stadium is between Fort Worth and Dallas, you might also consider hotels in the Fort Worth region. The Hotel Trinity Fort Worth is 12 miles from the stadium and still has double rooms available for the weekend, running around $165/night.
If you've got a crew, consider renting a house or apartment in the area. With the price split between buddies and the comfort of a home to lounge in, it could be your most comfortable option.
All of these options will undoubtedly book fast, so round up your posse and start planning. Let's go west on a wave of steel and take out those cheeseheads! Go Steelers!
[Flickr image via AndyeMcee]