Sunday, January 30, 2011 , Updated 4:51 p.m., January 31, 2011
UPDATED: A guide for driving to and from the Super Bowl in Arlington
Traffic will be tricky, so here's a quick explanation of which roads are closed.
Getting to the Super Bowl might be as much of a feat as getting Super Bowl tickets. The entire perimeter around Cowboys Stadium is closed or partially closed to traffic now until after the Super Bowl, unless you're there on game day and have a permit to get into the parking lots. There are also plenty of road closures in Dallas and Fort Worth.
For out-of-towners, an interactive map will show you highlights of each suburb in North Texas if you're traveling out of the big city centers. (And you should!) If you click on Plano, for instance, the map tells you that J.R. Ewing's home from the TV show Dallas is there, as well as beau coups shopping. For those from the DFW area, it's kind of fun to see what they've said about each suburb, whether or not you agree.
Here's a breakdown of where you can and can't drive leading up to the big game:
The roads surrounding Cowboys Stadium – Legends Way, Cowboys Way, Randol Mill Road, and Collins Street – are closed or partially closed until at least February 8. (Legends Way and Cowboys Way are closed or partially closed until Valentine's Day.)
Collins Street will only allow southbound traffic from Randol Mill Road to Division Street before and after the Super Bowl on February 6.
Once you get into Cowboys Stadium, you have to have a permit to park, and it must have been purchased in advance. You can purchase parking permits here.
Olive Street between Bryan Street and Pacific Avenue is completely closed to cars.
Two lanes of Harwood Street are closed between Bryan Street and Live Oak.
Sundance Square in Fort Worth is serving as ESPN's “headquarters” for the Super Bowl, so access around Sundance Square will be limited. Parts of Third Street, Fourth Street, Main Street, and Houston Street will be closed until after the Super Bowl.
Houston Street in front of the Fort Worth Convention Center will also be closed until February 7.
The morning of the Super Bowl, on February 6, a big block of Main Street coming from the northwest and heading into Sundance Square will be closed for the Hope Walk. Those closures open back up at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.
If you want to park in Sundance Square, a news release says spots will be "plentiful and easy." We can't promise that, but we can tell you where to go. Parking garages include: Sundance Square Garage 1 – Jones and 2nd Street; Sundance Square Garage 2 – Calhoun between 3rd and 4th Streets; and Sundance Square Garage 3 – 3rd Street and Throckmorton. Parking is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and free all day on Saturday and Sunday. You can also valet from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. It's free if you get a restaurant or shop to validate your valet ticket. Those without validated tickets have to pay $15.
If you're taking DART to the stadium, find details about how to do that here. And if you couldn't care less about the Super Bowl or the traffic headaches it will create, maybe this list of "things to do other than the Super Bowl" is for you.
You can also see maps of Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth (in that order) below:
Arlington Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLVArlington Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLV
Dallas Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLVDallas Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLV
Fort Worth Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLVFort Worth Road Closures -- Super Bowl XLV
UPDATE: We just heard that Super Bowl XLV has a free iPhone app. It includes a 3D map of North Texas and a 3D map of Cowboys Stadium. Pretty cool!
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