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254. Attend a UT Football Game

September 11, 2010

First of all, it’s a special day in American history and I hope we all take a minute to remember the heroes from 9-11. May God Bless America.

The way this city comes alive on game days is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s as if the entire city is rooting for the Longhorns, and the only thing on the agenda for the day is to watch football and wear burnt orange. I grew up in Houston, and I never saw the city come alive with such pride and excitement for Texans or Oilers games. Something about Longhorn football is just mesmerizing.

There’s something magical about being inside Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on game days. It’s one of those experiences that you can’t put into words. The excitement, tradition and camaraderie is something that makes it one of the best football watching experiences in the state.

I don’t care how many times I’ve seen this Texas commercial (, every single time I see it on the jumbo-tron inside the stadium I get chills.

The stadium official capacity is 100,119, making it the largest in Texas and one of the biggest in the nation. It’s come a long way since its opening game on November 8th, 1924 when Baylor defeated UT with a crowd of 13,500.

As Longhorn great Ricky Williams said, “If you want to surf, move to Hawaii. If you like to shop, move to New York. If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California. But if you like college football, move to Texas.” Truer words have never been spoken.

It should go without saying that of course this was going to be a list item, and since this is the first game of the season, you have the entire fall to work on scoring some tickets.

As always, Hook ‘em Horns, and it’s a great day to be alive in Austin, Texas.

For a complete schedule visit,

Texas Memorial Stadium
2100 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712

photo: (September 18, 2009 – Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

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