Texans are renowned for being sports enthusiasts, none more so than the residents of the city of Dallas. It’s a sports mad subwaypolis with some incredibly excitable and dedicated crowds. With teams in the top leagues for basketball and football, there’s good reason for Dallas to be proud of its athletes and we couldn’t help but equip you with a quick guide to the city’s most popular sports…
Dallas Mavericks are Texas’ premier basketball team and coveted members of the world-renowned NBA basketball league. Securing countless wins year after year, they’re the 5th most valuable basketball franchise in the US. This year we’re expecting the Dallas Mavericks to return once again to the NBA play-offs, and with so much at stake we recommend you head to the American Airlines Center where it all kicks off (literally). Trust us, there’s no better way to get a feel for Dallas’ sporting fever than at the Maverick’s home ground.
14th December 2013 – Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks
18th December 2013 – Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies
20th December 2013 – Mavericks vs Toronto Raptors
26th December 2013 – Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs
With a record number of consecutive home sell-outs and winners of an astonishing 20 seasons straight, the nation has its eyes set firmly on the Dallas Cowboys, one of America’s top football teams. The team is the 2nd highest valued team in the US and watching them live on their home-turf is an experience you can’t miss out on. There are usually a couple of home games a month, so keep an eye out for tickets before you go.
28th November 2013 – Cowboys vs Oakland Raiders
15th December 2013 – Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers
29th December 2013 – Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
NASCAR is one of the most watched sports in the US and Texas has been hosting this high octane sport for more than 40 years. With professional and amateur drivers alike battling it out on a track that allows speeds of up to 140mph, the aim is to finish first (of course) and injury free. If this is accomplished after the gruelling 501 miles (a whole sunset and sunrise later) then the driver is crowned the champion of the ultimate test of endurance, focus and skill.
6th April 2014 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Mesquite, lying just east of Dallas, is the proud home of the Mesquite Rodeo. The annual ProRodeo Series Finals are held over 12 weeks and are a race against time for the participants to collect as many points as possible.
There are two types of competition in Professional Rodeo – Roughstock and Timed Events. Roughstock events consist of Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. Timed Events consist of Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Steer Roping and Barrel Racing.
In roughstock, a contestant must stay on the animal for eight seconds while using one hand to make a qualified ride and his score is determined not only by his performance but that of the animals as well.
In timed events, contestants compete against the clock. Their goal is to post the fastest time in their event.
It’s a spectacle unique to Texan culture that will have you on the edge of your seat as you watch (with baited breath) one of the longest running sports in Texan history.
27th–28th December 2013 – Mesquite Pro Rodeo Winter Classic
22nd-23rd February 2014 – RFD TV Rodeo Semi-Finals