Thursday, December 26, 2013


BIG D NYE at American Airlines Center

Big D NYE is the largest New Year's Eve celebration in the Central Time Zone. Over 35,000 people enjoyed Big D NYE 2013 from inside the gated venue, with thousands more celebrating from surrounding areas. The live television broadcast was viewed by over 611,000 households* in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It was also seen in over 20 markets throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and New Mexico with additional markets scheduled to be added this year.

Over 400 staff and crew-members contribute to the production of Big D NYE. The technical execution involves 15 high definition cameras positioned throughout the venue, three jib cameras, two robotic tower cameras, a helicopter, two music stages, two front of house mix boards, two stage and monitor mix boards, a pair of control rooms (an HD event production switch truck, and WFAA's control room), four Go Vision portable HD screens, 10 Victory Park HD mega video boards, pyrotechnics and crew from three rooftops. Whew! It's quite a production!

Produced in partnership by the southwest's largest ABC television affiliate, WFAA and the American Airlines Center, this outdoor Times Square experience is like none other. The FREE, family friendly event takes place in Victory Park, which is home to the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars and WFAA's sleek Victory Park television studio. Big D NYE boasts gigantic HD video screens, live music, special celebrity guests, and one of the largest New Year's fireworks displays in the nation.


December 31, 2013
7:00 P.M.
DOORS OPEN: 12:00 A.M.


Where To Stay?

Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria

14021 Noel Road
Dallas, TX  75254

Enjoy Big D NYE at the Dallas New Year's Eve Hotel : Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria.
Welcome the New Year with:

  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Two Room Suite
  • Free hotel shuttle in 3 mile radius 
  • Packages that include Free WiFi, Gift Cards, Bonus HHonor Points, Discounted Rates and more
CLICK HERE and join the Big D NYE Celebration!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Heart of Dallas Bowl Kicks Off New Year's Day

Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank

Heart of Dallas Bowl   Cotton Bowl Stadium  Fair Park, TX

January 1, 2014 | Historic Cotton Bowl in Fair Park

North Texas and UNLV Rebels To Play In Heart Of Dallas Bowl On New Year's Day

Dec. 8, 2013 - UPDATED 9:20 PM
DENTON, Texas - In the centennial year of North Texas football, the Mean Green today accepted an invitation to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day.
"It is an honor to be invited to participate in the Heart of Dallas Bowl," North Texas head coach Dan McCarney said. "We are tremendously excited to be involved in a New Year's Day bowl game at a venue with all the history of the Cotton Bowl Stadium. This will make it easy for all of our fans to come and watch this team make history while going for its ninth win of the season."
The Heart of Dallas Bowl will pit North Texas against UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014, at the 92,000-seat Cotton Bowl in historic Fair Park, the 277-acre landmark complex of art-deco architecture that hosts the State Fair of Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Heart of Dallas Bowl Hotel :

Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria

14021 Noel Road
Dallas, TX

All Heart of Dallas Bowl attendees will enjoy:

  • Free Cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Two Room Suite
  • Packages that include Free Internet, Gift Cards, Bonus HHonor Points
Click Here and pick the overnight package at your Heart of Dallas Bowl Hotel

Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria is 16 miles/23 minutes from Cotton Bowl Stadium

Deep in the Heart of North Texas - ATT Cotton Bowl Classic

ATT Cotton Bowl Classic

The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. CST live on FOX.

The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas to promote, sponsor and stage an annual postseason intercollegiate football game in Arlington, Texas.

AT&T Inc. became the official title sponsor of the game on September 18, 1996.

The first Classic was conceived by the late J. Curtis Sanford, a Dallas oilman and business executive. Sanford's first game promotion, a private enterprise guaranteeing each institution $10,000, matched TCU and Marquette on January 1, 1937, at Fair Park's Cotton Bowl Stadium before 17,000 fans. In 1941, the affiliation with the Southwest Conference began, with the SWC voting to send its champion annually to the Classic as the host institution. A partnership was formed in 1998 to create one of the top collegiate matchups in postseason play. Each year the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will serve as the New Year's Day home for the Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference.



The ATT Cotton Bowl Classic Hotel -- Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria -- close enough to ATT Stadium to enjoy all the action and far enough away to rest and relax and relive all the Football action.

All Fans will enjoy:

  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Complimentary Evening Reception
  • Two Room Suite
  • Discounted rates, Bonus HHonor Point, Free Internet, Gift Cards and more
CLICK HERE to reserve your overnight package now at your ATT Cotton Bowl Classic Hotel -
Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria

Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria is 25 miles/30 minutes from ATT Stadium

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Travel Tips from

Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips


These simple steps can save you time and headaches with air travel, baggage and crowds
by: Alexis Flippin, Frommer’s Travel, from:

'Tis the season to be traveling, whether you're jetting off to far-flung places or taking a road trip to see family. Crowded airports and gridlocked roads — not to mention free-floating anxiety — can make holiday travel a headache. With our holiday travel tips, though, it doesn't have to be.

picture of Santa asleep on plane

These holiday travel tips will make your journey a breeze.

1. Avoid Flying at Peak Times
If your travel schedule is flexible, avoid flying on the busiest days of the season: the day before Thanksgiving and the two days immediately preceding and following Christmas and New Year's. Also, book flights at off-peak times, such as early morning. If at all possible, fly on the holiday itself, when airports have an almost empty, tumbleweed-blowing-in-the-desert feel.

2. Hit the Road With Technology by Your Side
Portable GPS navigators are wondrous things, providing the fastest and most direct routes to your destination — and voice auto-commands help keep your eyes on the road. Upgraded models offer real-time traffic information, but unless your car has built-in GPS capability, these can be pricey. A much more economical alternative — as infree — is Google Maps, available on most smartphones. It not only provides driving directions but also has color-coded lines indicating the severity of traffic ahead: green lines indicate good conditions, yellow means fair, and red or red/black signal poor conditions.

3. Travel Light
Don't be weighed down with packages. Order gifts online, and have them sent directly to the recipient, or mail your packages ahead of time. If you're a procrastinator, you can take advantage of the annual Free Shipping Day on December 17, when some 1,500 merchants guarantee free delivery by Christmas Eve. And, if you're flying, don't wrap the gifts you bring — airlines have the right to open any wrapped package.

4. Don't Check Your Bags
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are traditionally the busiest times to fly, which means the odds of losing your luggage rise exponentially with the increased air traffic. Not to mention the expense of paying $25 or more per bag. (Consider shipping your luggage ahead of time with these tips from AARP money expert Sid Kirchheimer.) Be on the safe side: carry on your luggage.

5. Take the Back Roads
Driving the interstates can be dull at any time, but holiday travel often adds big-time gridlock to the mix. If you have some time on your hands, why not leave the major highways behind, and hit the back roads for serendipitous pleasures? (These 7 iconic drives are some of the best in the U.S. any time of year.) Of all the holiday travel tips, this one will help you to focus on the joys of the season most of all.

5 Holiday Travel Tips from AARP