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

La Quinta Inn Dallas Uptown
La Quinta Inn Dallas Uptown
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6.7
Good
4440 N Central Expy, Dallas
from $84
Hotel Lawrence
Hotel Lawrence
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7.8
Good
302 South Houston Street, Dallas
from $109
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
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8.2
Excellent
400 Olive St, Dallas
from $101
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown
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6.9
Good
1015 Elm St, Dallas
from $75
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Love Field
from $109
W Dallas - Victory
W Dallas - Victory
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8.5
Excellent
2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas
from $199
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
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9.2
Excellent
2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas
from $399
Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center
from $84
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas Market Center
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas Market Center
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7.9
Good
2727 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas
from $109
Grand Hyatt DFW
Grand Hyatt DFW
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9.2
Excellent
2337 S International Pkwy, Dallas
from $154
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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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