Fall in Texas means football and that means either sitting in front of the TV or out in the stadium from Thursday to Monday for almost ever weekend in the fall. While there are many great college football teams in the state of Texas (TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor) few have the reputation of the University of Texas Longhorns. For those that live in Austin or have ever been to a game you know the feeling that sweeps over Darrell K Royal Stadium on Saturday’s. With a stadium that holds over 100,000 fans it’s no wonder going to a UT game holds a sense of excitement and has been a long standing tradition in many families all over the state.
How to get to Austin
You’ll start by flying into Austin’s only airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. It serves many airlines but is predominately SouthWest. Flights range around an average of $250 and will get you into Austin pretty quickly. Because the airport is relatively smaller than other big city airports you won’t waste a lot of time trying to get out of there and into the city. Once you land you can either rent a car or take an Uber to get into downtown.
Where to stay in Austin
Luxury in Downtown Austin: The Driskill Hotel
4 star Hotel
The Driskill Hotel is one of Austin’s most historic hotels. It’s a part of The Historic Hotels of America and offers a level of luxury as one of the world’s finest hotels. The Driskill is 2 miles from the DKR Stadium and is in walking distance to the Texas State Capitol, the Austin Convention Center, Lady Bird Lake, The Long Center for the Arts and Austin’s infamous 6th street scene.
Luxury in the Hill Country: Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
4 star Hotel
Located in the well-known hills of Austin, the 4,000 acre Barton Creek Resort & Spa has everything you could imagine from a resort. Their four onsite golf courses are always perfect for those who want to have a guys (or gals) weekend hitting the course. For those who aren’t interested in golf their spa is incredible for massages or facials. Then you can finish your day with one of Austin’s best dining spots located in the resort. Although about a 30 minute drive to the stadium, this hotel definitely offers an experience of its own.
Near DKR Stadium: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin
3 star Hotel
The DoubleTree Suites are located in the downtown business district and are just a 20 minute walk to the DKR Stadium. It’s also located near the University of Texas and the Texas Capitol. The hotel offers an on-demand shuttle for guests wishing to go somewhere within a 2-mile radius. Hotel guests can visit the 6th street entertainment Austin is famous for, 2nd street shopping, and any of the restaurants nearby. This is a great hotel if you’re looking to be near the stadium as well as in downtown Austin.
Longhorn fans are famous for their tailgating before and during the games. If you’re coming from out of town and don’t already have a friend that has a set up for tailgating there are other ways to get in on a tailgate. For example, this tailgate is open to the public but it does cost some money to get in. The tailgates are set up with everything you could want, food, drinks, TVs and games. You’ll have a blast!
Seating at DKR
Unless you have connections to someone with season tickets, splurging on good seats is usually the way to go at DKR. From the very top you basically end up watching the jumbotron, the experience is still incredible but be prepared for a very steep hike and some very passionate Longhorns fans.