With many teams allowing limited fan attendance, your next meeting in Dallas could add a sports outing to the itinerary.
Posted on Apr 23, 2021 By Diana Trujillo
With the return of professional sports all across the country – from baseball to golf – Dallas is in a prime position to offer the thrill of a live sporting event to your group's leisure activities. Here's the latest on what's happening on baseball diamonds, basketball courts and soccer fields via several of Dallas' professional teams.
April saw Opening Day across Major League Baseball and the Rangers showed up to play, alongside more than 30,000 fans at their first game. Attendance is expected to be more modest moving forward (Opening Day is practically a holiday in the DFW area!), so a socially-distanced outing for your group is definitely possible, including several 200-level sections that offer just that. Take advantage of group sales, stadium tours and be one of the first fans to experience Globe Life Arena during its inaugural season.
While the Dallas Stars eye a playoff spot, the American Airlines Center and surrounding restaurants and bars are ensuring safety comes first for anyone that makes it to an arena seat, or just want to be close to the action. As of March 2021, Stars games allow for 25 percent capacity for fans, with other safety protocols in effect. Additionally, the American Airlines Center is a GBAC Star accredited facility, meaning it follows the industry's highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents.
The Mavs share the American Airlines Center with the Dallas Stars for all home games, so all safety precautions put in place by the arena also apply for basketball games, including a fan health survey that must be completed before arrival. And with the Mavericks on a recent winning streak (they've won 13 of 19 games since March), they are proving to be a strong contender for the playoffs. For groups, custom fan experiences are available – think pre-game access to the arena and All You Can Eat ticket packages.
FC Dallas kicks off their season on April 17 against the Colorado Rapids, and fans can expect some other thrilling match ups this summer. Along with other safety measures, Major League Soccer policy dictates masks at all times while on stadium property (FC Dallas plays at Toyota Stadium). For groups of 10 or more people, an exclusive discount rate is offered as well as reserved tailgating spaces, tailgating catering options and other amenities.
While the 2021 season dates have yet to be announced, all eyes are already on the Dallas Wings: the team had the No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks at this year's WNBA draft that took place on April 15, a first for the franchise. Additionally, the WNBA will play its 25th season this year starting in May 2021, with each team debuting new uniforms - including the Wings.
For the first time since 1978, the National Football League has added a 17th game to each team's regular season schedule. For the Cowboys, that means they will face the New England Patriots on the road in the 2021 season. While it doesn't help hometown fans, there's still plenty of changes to see the 'Boys in action at AT&T Stadium this year. And because AT&T Stadium is another GBAC Star Facility, groups can head to the game knowing there are numerous safety measures in place.
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