Headed to the Red River Shootout? Unless you live in the DFW metroplex, chances are you'll be searching for a hotel. And if you've never been to a Texas-OU (or OU-Texas for all you Sooners) game, you should be booking your accommodations ASAP. People around these parts take their college football seriously - so don't get caught booking your weekend stay several miles from the Cotton Bowl. The last thing you want to do is be late to all the college mayhem because you're stuck in traffic.
My suggestion? Book a hotel along the DART line, and ride the rails to Fair Park. You'll skip the outrageous parking fees and a good bit of walking, and you'll only pay about $4 per person for your entire day's transportation (Children age 5 - 12 qualify for reduced fare of $2 each).
Try to to secure a hotel near the Green Line, where you can directly board the DART Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr. Stations without any line transfers. Downtown and Fair Park area stations that service the Green Line include Akard, Pearl, St. Paul, Victory Park, West End, Market Center, Southwestern Medical District/Parkland and Inwood/Love Field.
See my suggestions for hotels with quick access and a short commute to the game:
Akard Station - Head for the Dallas Magnolia Hotel, the Adolphus Hotel, the Fairmont Dallas Hotel or The Joule.The first three boast a regal atmosphere, while The Joule offers a chic and sophisticated atmosphere for the younger crowd. Expect the nightlife to be a little more youthful at The Joule.
Victory Station and West End - The W Hotel, the SpringHill Suites and the Crowne Plaza Hotel are the places to be. The latter two are more affordable and ideal if you plan to spend plenty of time away from your room. However, it's no secret that The W Hotel is one of the hottest places to be, and I'm sure the Red River Shootout will contribute to the hotel's already spirited atmosphere.
St. Paul and Pearl - The Dallas Marriott City Center, the Hotel Indigo and the Sheraton Dallas Hotel are all nearby.
These are just a few suggestions, and by no means a definitive or comprehensive list of suitable accommodations near the DART rails. However, if you can't find a hotel you like on the Green Line, don't worry. You can still stay along the Red or Blue Lines and transfer to Green on game day. According to Dart.org, Southbound Red and Blue Lines can transfer to Green at the Pearl or St. Paul stations, while Northbound Red and Blue can transfer at Akard. If you happen to be taking the Trinity Railway Express, you can make your transfer to the Green Line at Victory Park Station.
You can pre-purchase your DART Rail pass for Saturday, October 8th online at DART.org.