Texas - Memorial Stadium

  • GAME DAY:  November 13, 2010 
  • OPPONENT:  Oklahoma State
  • SCORE:  Cowboys 33, Longhorns 16
  • CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE:  101,624/100,659
  • THE TRIP:  My dad, who attended the University of Texas (Naval ROTC), and I drove from Houston to Austin.  Somehow I lived in Texas for 20 years and never went to a game at UT.
  • IMPRESSIONS:  The Longhorns, not too far removed from a national championship, entered the game 4-5 with a three-game losing streak, against #10-ranked, 8-1 Oklahoma State.  I got the sense the Longhorn faithful had given up on the season, and although the attendance exceeded 100,000 the stadium was half-empty after halftime, with Texas down by 23 points.  I expected a louder atmosphere - maybe there's more energy when the Longhorns are in the hunt. 
  • WE LOVED:  That said, being at the stadium was magical.  Being with my dad, who I hadn't seen a game with in a long time, and absorbing the mass of history (national championships and Heisman trophies) and traditions (the Texas band, the mascot Bevo, firing the cannon after the Longhorns score, singing "The Eyes of Texas", etc.) associated with Texas football.
  • TRAVEL TIP:  The Airport Hilton is on the grounds of the city's airport and provides free shuttle service to the terminal.