Hotels near Cotton Bowl
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Texas is like heaven for football fans and Dallas is its capital. The Cotton Bowl Stadium is one of the city's most beloved landmarks, both because of its central State Fair location and its prominent place in sports history. Visitors heading to town for a game should find a hotel close to the stadium, which is easily achieved even when there's a budget at stake.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Cotton Bowl

NYLO Dallas South Side
NYLO Dallas South Side
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8.1
Excellent
1325 S Lamar St, Dallas
from $143
Hotel Lawrence
Hotel Lawrence
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8.1
Excellent
302 South Houston Street, Dallas
from $109
MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites Dallas
MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites Dallas
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7.8
Good
2330 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas
from $83
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Love Field
from $118
Courtyard Dallas Medical/Market Center
Courtyard Dallas Medical/Market Center
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8.5
Excellent
2150 Market Center Blvd, Dallas
from $89
Embassy Suites Dallas - Park Central Area
Embassy Suites Dallas - Park Central Area
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8.0
Excellent
13131 N Central Expy, Dallas
from $89
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
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9.1
Excellent
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas
from $279
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
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9.3
Excellent
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas
from $389
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center
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8.5
Excellent
2325 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas
from $84
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
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8.5
Excellent
2222 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas
from $129
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How to Get Close to the Cotton Bowl

Given the number of activities that accompany a football game, such as tailgates and live music, it pays to stay close to the stadium. Hotels close to Cotton Bowl Stadium fill up fast and they can get pricy during football season, but finding a top spot at an affordable price is by no means impossible. However, it's important to remember that hotels aren't the only options.

For instance, there are a number of private homes, hostels, and Airbnbs available during football season. Consider staying in a stunning 1918 house with all the comforts of home. Bed and Breakfasts offer the same creature comforts. The Urban Studio Loft B&B Deep Ellum is typically available for less than $100 per night. There are also duplexes, one bedroom rentals, and apartments that make visitors feel like they're actually locals.

Nearby, budget hotels offer cheap accommodation that's near the venue. For less than $50, America's Best Value Inn is a charming, affordable place to stay. The Galaxy Inn Dallas is only a few dollars more expensive, but it's in the same area, so getting to the stadium is still effortless.

There are definite pros and cons associated with staying near the Cotton Bowl during the height of the season. On the plus side, being close ensures easy transportation, which is especially important before and after games, when car and foot traffic clogs the streets.

The only downside is that fans from all over the country descend on Dallas, whether they're watching NFL games, college football, or high school games. Since the Cotton Bowl also hosts concerts and other sports, there's no real off-season. As a result, getting a budget rate takes some work, but that's why it's worthwhile to consider hostels and Airbnbs, as well as well-known hotels near Fair Park and the stadium itself.

A Brief Look at the Stadium

Having opened up in 1930, the Cotton Bowl Stadium has some definite Art Deco touches. Colloquially called the “House that Doak Built,” in honor of Doak Walker, it was initially named Fair Park Stadium. It is still in Dallas's Fair Park, where the State Fair also takes place. Until 2010, it always hosted the Cotton Bowl Classic, its namesake game.

Although the game is now played in Arlington, the Cotton Bowl Stadium still sees plenty of football games at professional, college, and high school levels. Soccer games take place there as well, along with a variety of concerts and drum corps performances. On some occasions, visitors can also see baseball games and other special events.

In 2008, the stadium underwent an extensive renovation. It originally seated fewer than 70,000 and it now seats 92,100, thanks to a second deck and state-of-the-art facilities for VIPs. However, it's been known to pull in over 100,000 fans.

General and Ticketing Information

During football season, the lines to get into the Cotton Bowl Stadium are understandably long. Games tend to sell out quickly and tailgating parties are common. It pays to show up early to live concerts, football or soccer games, or other events.

Tickets are available from various outlets. Visitors can always call the stadium directly and find event tickets through all the usual spots.  

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