Two New York sports teams — first the Yankees, then the Giants — will be in town Sunday and they’ll bring plenty of traffic to Arlington’s entertainment district.
The Texas Rangers host the New York Yankees in a game with playoff implications on Sunday afternoon and the Dallas Cowboys open their season against the New York Giants that evening.
Parking lots are going to be packed and streets jammed.
“Patience is going to be the key,” said Lt. Scott Brown, the Arlington Police Department’s commander of special events. “You’re going to have a lot of traffic. The infrastructure is going to be maxed out. There’s going to be lots of people out there.”
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One new wrinkle this year for football fans: In July, a portion of Nolan Ryan Expressway closed from south of Randol Mill Road to just north of Parking Lot A due to the construction of Texas Live! and the new Rangers ballpark, Globe Life Field.
While some parking lots around Globe Life Park have been closed because of the construction, the Rangers added 2,000 spaces south of the ballpark before the start of baseball season at Lot R, between Cowboys Way and Sanford Street. And Lot S to the east of Globe Life can handle 625 cars, while Lot J was resurfaced at add 300 additional parking spots.
Here are five things to keep in mind about getting to Sunday’s games.
Traffic for Cowboys fans will likely go more smoothly if they arrive before the Rangers game ends. With the Rangers starting at 2:05 p.m., it’s best to arrive before 5 p.m. Arlington police said it will take time for the traffic to filter out after the baseball game.
Have a plan
The Rangers lots open at 11 a.m. but require a ticket for the 2:05 p.m. baseball game. If you have tickets to both the Rangers and Cowboys games, the Rangers’ lot might provide a quicker getaway.
The Rangers will start allowing football fans to park in their lots around 3 p.m. AT&T Stadium parking lots open at 2:30 p.m., five hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Fans can also park at Six Flags Over Texas, east of Globe Life Park.
There are some privately run lots around the stadium, but be ready to shell out up to $40 for a spot, which could be in a grassy lot.
Arlington police say North Collins Street, which runs next to AT&T Stadium, tends to back up before and after Cowboys games.
Officials suggest that if you’re coming from the west, take Cooper Street to access AT&T Stadium. From the east, take the Texas 360 exit and then make your way to streets like Randol Mill Road or Division Street to get to parking lots.
Use the Waze app
Arlington is part of Waze’s Connected Citizens Program, which allows drivers with the app to get updates on traffic slowdowns. Meanwhile, Arlington submits real-time government-reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze. Using the GPS or mapping systems on your phone will likely lead drivers toward Collins Street and gridlock, Brown said.
Consider a shuttle
J. Gilligans in downtown Arlington is expecting to shuttle 1,500 fans to the Cowboys game. Others running shuttles include Humperdinks, Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club , Mavericks Bar and Grill, Rio Mambo Ballpark, Hilton Arlington, La Quinta Inn and Suites and the First United Methodist Church. Some charge a fee; others a minimum amount spent at the restaurant or, in the case of La Quinta, a $10 per person donation to United Way if you’re not a hotel guest. Parking at the Methodist church is sold through stadiumparking.net.
A Texas-New York doubleheader
Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees 2:05 p.m.; parking opens at 11 a.m.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants 7:30 p.m.; parking opens at 2:30 p.m.