ARLINGTON TEXAS is home to Super Bowl XLV (that’s 45 just in case you’ve forgotten your Roman numerals). On February 6, 2011 the two best teams from the National Football League will play for the championship. The game will be played in Cowboys Stadium. This newly built retractable roof stadium seats 80,000 fans. If you plan to be one of them, you’ll need to know where to stay.

THE LAY OF THE LAND: Arlington Texas is a suburb of Dallas. It is located 20 miles west of Dallas and 12 miles east of Ft. Worth. The city is home to 380,000 Texans and despite its large population, it doesn’t have a public transportation system. Although, many hotels in the area do provide shuttle service.

If your planning on staying in a hotel/motel for the Super Bowl, and you want to be close to Cowboys Stadium, there is a herd (pardon the pun) of options within a few miles of the stadium. The options range from no frill motor inns to upscale amenity rich hotels. Throughout the tourist season, these motels and hotels cater to the amusement park crowd who come to visit Six Flags Over Texas, the first of the nationwide family fun park chain to be constructed. The motels and hotels in close proximity to Cowboys Stadium sit on sprawling properties on somewhat rural streets making it impractical to walk from your motel to area restaurants, pubs and shopping. If you have your own transportation, you can easily drive yourself around to the take advantage of all that Arlington has to offer.

Conspicuously absent from the herd are the 5 star hotels. If opulent world class properties are your cup of tea, then drive your team to downtown Dallas and check in at a Texas size high-rise hotel. Metro-mixers will find many high end shops, pubs and dining options near some of the best lodging Texas has to offer.

Twelve miles east of the stadium, you will find more motel/hotel options in and around Ft. Worth. Ft. Worth, although somewhat smaller than Dallas, has its own collection of upscale hotels. Ft. Worth lays claim to being the number one tourist destination in the State of Texas due in large part to its rich western heritage and family friendly environment. ESPN has already selected Ft. Worth as its base camp for Super Bowl XLV.

WHERE IT WILL BE HAPPENING: As you might expect, Super Bowl fans tend to gather around their teams and they establish a strong presence in one or more areas in or about the host city. Typically, each team’s fan base establishes a base camp in a particular hotel, pub, club or bar. Those arrangements are made somewhat last minute, since the Super Bowl contenders aren’t known until a couple of weeks before the championship is played. The decision of where each team’s fan base will set up their base camp will be dictated to some extent by the travel packages that spring up for a particular team’s fans. However, some preliminary and general observations may help you to anticipate where the camps will settle in. Hotels located near upscale restaurants, clubs, and high end shops can be found in the downtown Dallas historic district along Elm, Main, and Commerce streets and in downtown Ft. Worth just north of the convention center.

ON THE FLY: The Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport services the Dallas Ft. Worth area, which includes Arlington Texas. This airport is located approximately 12 miles from Cowboys stadium and 8 miles from downtown Dallas.

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