Last weekend I made the 4 hour and change drive to Dallas for the Supercross race.
Well, it’s in Arlington, but they’re called the ‘Dallas’ Cowboys, right?
AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play and Supercross is held, is an amazing venue. If you ever find a reason to go see an event there, do it!
Supercross is the only thing I’ve seen there, but it’s spectacular.
Just driving up you’ll be amazed at the size of the place. And the first time you go inside you’ll be a bit taken back by the size. It’s crazy just to think of the engineering to keep a place like that standing.
Arlington Supercross is held every February. We’ve been lucky enough to have awesome weather the last two years and it’s been quite warm.
The races are inside, but the pits are outside.
For those who don’t know… The pits are where all the trucks used to haul the bikes and team gear are parked. Before the races, the pits are open for fans to walk around and meet riders and get a close-up look.
It’s pretty cool to watch the mechanics make adjustments on the bike 5 feet in front of you.
Another side note… Supercross bikes are dirt bikes on steroids… They look normal, but are built to perform at the highest level. The bike is rebuilt from the frame up every week, so every time the rider gets on it, something is different.
That’s why adjustments are so frequently needed. Could be as simple as a handlebar angle or as involved as a suspension adjustment.
Back to the races…
This was my 4th year to see Supercross there in Arlington, but the badass factor never wears off.
It starts with opening ceremonies.
The lights go down, the big booming voice comes over the speakers saying “Arlington… ARE YOU READY FOR SUPERCROSS??”
Fireworks explode and rock music pulsates through you. It’s freakin’ sweet. By the way, it doesn’t matter how high up your seats are, you can FEEL the fire from the pyro like you’re standing directly in front of it.
Then a handful of the most popular riders are introduced… They take a ride around the track waving to the crowd.
All of that after the national anthem, of course. I challenge you to see that giant flag held by military servicemen and hear the anthem without feeling pride.
Once racing starts, you realize how hard it is to divide your time watching the actual bikes on the track and watching that HUGE screen in the stadium. I found it’s best to watch for real when the particular rider you’re watching is near you, then look at the screen when they’re far away.
Let me talk more about the stadium itself…
When you’re not out in the seating area, or the ‘bowl,’ you’d think you’re in a hotel.
The bar areas are super nice. It’s hard to describe, but it’s very classy.
I saw a video the other day from a guy, I guess he works for FELD or something. He was going all around the stadium and showing places I had never seen… It would be cool to take a tour or something to see every room.
Speaking of special access and rooms…. I got to hang out in the TV broadcast booth!
I have made buddies with Ralph Sheheen, the guy who calls the Supercross races on FOX Sports. He called in and did my podcast before this season. It was fantastic.
So I tweeted him when we got there and said “hey, I’m here… It would be cool to say hi.”
We had never met in person, but he was gracious enough to invite me up to the booth.
Turned out our seats were very near the booth anyway, so it worked out great.
We spent about 15 minutes in there chatting with Ralph and Jeff Emig, his broadcast partner and former Supercross champion.
Those guys have my dream job, by the way.
I would LOVE to broadcast those races each week.
One day… Maybe….
So thanks again to Ralph and Jeff for letting a piddly little local broadcaster in to see the where the big dogs play – it made my day.
Moving on from the race and the venue… Let’s talk Dallas, Arlington – or just Texas in general.
I’ve been to the area many times now, but the small town kid in me is still impressed every time.
Downtown Dallas is several times the size of downtown Tulsa and that always looks cool to drive though.
I have never been to the Fort Worth side either. I have it on good authority that it’s ‘cooler’ than Dallas.
I always notice how nice the roads are in Texas… What the hell, Oklahoma? I know it takes money, but they’re obviously doing something there are we just aren’t.
BUT… There are some confusing highway interchanges down there and a LOT of traffic.
The whole city just makes me feel like I’m in a place that takes care of itself. Not that Tulsa doesn’t, but there are only a few spots here that make you feel that way.
And the food… I love to try new places – and I try to do that every time I go.
This time I finally made it to Kincaid’s Hamburgers.
This is a place I, again, have on good authority that it’s great.
We went to the location in Southlake, TX. I guess the original is in Fort Worth, but that would’ve been way out of the way.
REPORT: Kincaid’s is awesome. Absolutely go when you can.
I’m about done here… So I’ll close with this.
I plan to go to Dallas Supercross every year. If you know know something about Dallas or Arlington that an out-of-towner should know about, send it my way and I’ll try to get there!