GPS won't help with Arlington traffic

Updated: October 8, 2010, 12:14 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

If you're headed to Rangers Ballpark or Cowboys Stadium this weekend, the teams and the city of Arlington, Texas, have an important message: Leave early and turn off your GPS.

A convergence of high-volume sporting events Saturday and Sunday at the neighboring venues in Arlington have the possibility of attracting more than 260,000 fans and a few traffic headaches. The Texas Rangers will play Game 3 Saturday afternoon, and, perhaps Game 4 Sunday of their American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays at The Ballpark. Texas A&M will face Arkansas in college football Saturday at Cowboys Stadium, followed by the Cowboys taking on the Tennessee Titans Sunday.

The NFL, Major League Baseball, the teams and the city wrapped up several weeks of meetings Tuesday and finalized staggered game times and traffic routes to best accommodate the crowds.

"We've had large numbers before for multiple events at Cowboys Stadium that have been 100,000," Arlington Police Department spokesperson Tiara Richard said. "But this is unique because we have a large number of people coming from out of town that don't know Arlington."

The out-of-towners will make their way into Arlington on Saturday morning for 10 a.m. CT parades for the college teams. The A&M-Arkansas game kicks off at 2:30. The college crowd should be off the streets by the time the Rangers fans pile in for the 4:07 p.m. CT start.

If the Rangers can't complete their three-game sweep Saturday, Game 4 of the ALDS will start at 12:07 p.m. CT Sunday. That will allow the roads to clear for the rush of Cowboys fans for the 3:15 p.m. kickoff.

The teams and the city are urging people not to use a GPS to chart their course. They are encouraging the use of dallascowboysmaps.com.

Fans without a ticket to the Rangers game Saturday and Sunday will not be permitted to park in the Rangers Ballpark cash lots.

"We've had a Saturday and Sunday back-to-back, like with the Cotton Bowl and the [Cowboys] playoff game with the Eagles [last year]," said Brett Daniels, the Cowboys' director of corporate communications. "But for the Rangers to have a back-to-back and for us [Cowboys Stadium] to have back-to-back, this is definitely the biggest."

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