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With 100,119 seats, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin is the seventh-largest collegiate stadium in the country and the largest in the Southwest. Watch a game here or tour the facilities and you’ll see why Austinites are so proud of their team.

State-of-the-Art Renovations

The Darrell K. Royal Stadium’s newest addition is the two-floor, 32,448-square-foot Red McCombs Red Zone Sports Medicine & Strength Training Project. Completed in 2013, it has a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, hydrotherapy pool, plunge pools, golf putting simulator area, acceleration track and nutrition area.

The locker rooms are equally impressive. A 2011 renovation brought 135 new wide-space lockers with an exhaust system, nutrition bar, lounge area with gaming stations, and six LED screens with a state-of-the-art sound system throughout. Along with them, the stands were remodeled, and a new concession plaza and a visitors’ locker room were added in the northwest corner of the DKR stadium.

Another $175 million renovations is expected soon. University officials say suites, clubs, lounge boxes, sponsor amenities, modified fan seating, and new coaches’ offices are expected.

Football Spirit

Seeing a game at the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium at Austin while you’re vacationing is a worthwhile investment. On game days, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium crowds with waves of cheering fans dressed in white and burnt orange and punching the air with “Hook ‘em horns,” the symbol of Longhorn pride.

This is where you’ll watch the “Bertha Crew” wheel out the “Largest Bass Drum in the World,” Big Bertha. Big Bertha, as the drum is lovingly named, is nearly 100 years old and stands eight feet in diameter, forty-one inches wide, and over 10 feet high when mounted on her carriage.

This is where you’ll watch Smokey the Civil War replica cannon pop off to announce a game’s kick-off and the Longhorn Band rush the field to celebrate the season.

If you’ve arrived in Austin for football season, tailgating at the Darrell K. Royal Stadium is a must. Spots cost $40 each and often are taken up by boosters and former Longhorn players. Company Tailgate Guys can help you find spots north of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. You also can choose to tailgate with organized groups such as the Longhorn Tailgaters and Horn Ball Texas Tailgaters.

Pack your Longhorn gear, your boots, and your beer, because you’re going to a tailgate party. Texans know how to do football. Join us and see for yourself. Reserve your rental today! Visit the Austin Capitol Segway Tour as well. Enjoy our amazing 3-bedroom vacation rentals today!

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