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Gameday tips for taking kids to a University of Texas Football game – things that will save you time and money because Football Matters!

Football season is officially here and the Horns have already played 3 games, winning 2! We are HUGE UT Football fans and we love going to the games with our kids in tow. Sure, it’s a lot of work……BUT their tiny little faces absolutely light up in awe of all the traditions. From the band, cheerleaders, and bright lights to the chants, plethora of food that we’d never allow them to eat at home, and the players themselves, the game is such an exciting event for our family to attend.

Here are 12 things you should know if you’re taking the family to a game.

  1. Tickets :: Tickets are almost impossible to snag directly from the University since so many are sold to students and alumni. Be prepared to purchase through a 3rd party! Tickets are typically around $30, but if you’re only going to take the kids once or twice during the season sideline seats will be closer to $200/seat.
  2. When picking seats, try to avoid the west side of the stadium!! Repeat, avoid the west side of the stadium… the sun WILL be beating down on you. Seats closer to the aisle are always going to be better with kids since you’ll most likely have frequent potty breaks.
  3. Parking :: Parking is intense at the stadium and Ubers are hard to come by so have you and your littles prepared for a bit of a hike. We can usually find parking garages nearby for an average of $20…some are slightly more and some are slightly less, but make sure you have cash on you.
  4. Fun For the Kids :: The Hook ‘Em Herd gives children ages 7-12 a chance to take part in a 100-yard dash on the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at each home game. A limited number of spots are available for the fun run before the Longhorn Band takes the field.
  5. Bevo Blvd., Texas Athletics’ action-filled pregame street party, completely transforms San Jacinto Blvd. from 20th St. to the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center before Texas football home games. Join thousands of fellow Longhorns fans, the Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer & Pom and Hook ‘Em for the pageantry of Texas-sized events celebrating game day on the Forty Acres.
  6. Baby changing stations are available in ALL public restrooms at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
  7. Food :: No outside food or drinks are permitted, but there are a ton of options once you’re in the stadium. From Chick-fil-A, Torchy’s Tacos, and Stubbs BBQ to Plucker’s, Austin’s Pizza, and Amy’s Ice Cream, your kids will be in food heaven with all of the choices.
  8. Child ticketing policy :: Children under the age of two do not require a ticket as long as the child is held and does not take up a seat.
  9. Cell phone charging station:: Located near Gates 1, 8, 16, 25, 29 and 30; Section 105; Terrace Club; Touchdown Club – because let’s face it…. as a parent, we can’t survive without a little screentime!
  10. Clear Bag Policy :: Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″ One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.Small clutch bags or purses do not have to be clear but cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  11. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but just in case, First aid/EMS St. David’s HealthCare First Aid Stations are located at:
    *Bellmont Hall (west side): Sections 1 (lower level) and 105 (upper deck)
    *Reese M. Rowling Hall (east side): Sections 32 (lower level) and 127 (upper deck)
    *Red McCombs Red Zone (north end zone): Sections 13 (lower level), 18 (middle level) and 117 (upper deck)
  12. Lost and found Articles found during the game are taken to the stadium office located inside Gate 25. Non-clothing items not claimed after the game are taken to the UT Police Department (512-471-4441) the Monday following the game. Clothing items not claimed after the game are taken to Fan Services (512-471-7323).

Here’s to a great season. GO HORNS!

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  1. Regarding seating, you may be assuming that families are going to the early and mid afternoon games. We went to the 6:30 game and sat on west side and it was perfect because the sun was already going down.

  2. I think you should’ve mentioned strollers are not permitted in the stadium and would be impossible to maneuver even if you did get one in.


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