How to get to the Texas-OU game. Here’s what you need to know about traffic, parking

Texas-OU fans are accustomed to the Interstate 30 traffic snarl headed to Dallas’ Fair Park each October.

Now they’ll get to navigate their way to Arlington for Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium.

They can expect minimal headaches on surrounding highways, officials said.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m., and 100,000 fans are expected to attend.

As always, the best advice for fans wishing to avoid traffic headaches is to go early. Parking lots will open at 7 a.m., stadium plazas will open at 8 a.m. and doors will open at 9 a.m., Cowboys spokesman Joe Trahan said.

The Texas 360/Interstate 30 interchange about two miles northeast of AT&T Stadium is in the midst of a $230 million makeover. However, workers on that project have been directed not to close any lanes or ramps on Saturday, said Val Lopez of the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We are having internal conversations this morning to make sure we are accommodating traffic for this game,” Lopez said.

For fans headed to the game from Oklahoma, Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth also is in the midst of a massive reconstruction project.

For fans coming Friday night, all lanes of southbound I-35W will be closed at the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth, but traffic will be able to detour onto the TEXpress toll lanes for free, said Tommy Williamson, spokesman for the project contractor, North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners.

Other closures may also be expected in both directions of I-35W near downtown Fort Worth between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday.

“Crews will work as diligently as possible to minimize the disruption to the public and reopen the lanes once the work is complete,” Williamson said in an email. “Motorists should expect travel delays and it is recommended that drivers allow extra travel time when trying to reach their destination.”

Even so, drivers heading to and from Oklahoma might consider using either I-35E or U.S. 75, rather than I-35W.

For fans coming north from Austin, I-35 construction in the Temple area — about 132 miles south of Arlington — could cause long delays.

For those looking for parking options, there are three main websites showing what parking is available, including, the official site of the game, and Prices range from a low of $15 and a 1.8 mile walk to $222 for parking next to the stadium.

Other tips:

  • North Collins Street, which runs next to AT&T Stadium, tends to back up before and after games. Instead, officials have suggested 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 reach parking lots.
  • Consider a shuttle from a nearby restaurant. J Gilligan’s, Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club and Mavericks Sports Grill in downtown Arlington all offer shuttles.
  • Others with shuttles include Humperdink’s, Rio Mambo Ballpark, and the First United Methodist Church of Arlington.

  • Parking at Lincoln Square in Arlington is also back — for a price. You must spend $50 and place the receipt on your dash through one of the Lincoln Square merchants. Social Bakehouse Cafe and Boomerjack’s will both be open to sell gift cards for fans.

  • On the north side of Interstate 30, Champions Park in Arlington offers parking with a $20 purchase, including at the new Social House Arlington. The receipt must be placed on the windshield.

  • Be careful with navigation apps. The traffic app operated by Waze has a relationship with Arlington, which provides the company with real-time traffic information. This can be especially helpful when police change travel directions of certain lanes.
  • If you use a navigation provider other than Waze, be prepared to deviate from its directions as you approach the stadium.

Once you’ve parked, Texas Live! next to Globe Life Park will be hosting pregame events and a watch party starting at 8 a.m. Texas Exes will have a pregame meet-up at PBR Texas inside Texas Live!

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Bill Hanna is an award-winning reporter who has covered just about every beat at the Star-Telegram. He currently covers Arlington but also writes about a variety of subjects including weather, wildlife, traffic and health.
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