Going To The Game? New Bag Policy, 360 Photos & More

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WHAT: Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys (1-2)
WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CT)
WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
*TELEVISION:CBS 11 Dallas-Fort Worth area;*

* *Saturday's game between the Cowboys and Bengals will feature the word "new" several times, both before and during the game.

Obviously the stadium name is new as the beautiful palace in Arlington has been renamed AT&T Stadium.

The playing surface is actually new as well the Cowboys have installed a brand-new synthetic field turf.

But before fans can even get into AT&T Stadium, they'll likely be introduced the NFL's new bag policy (/bags/)

Only hand-held purses will be allowed into the stadium, along with clear plastic tote bags that do not exceed 12"x6"x12" inches.

Items such as backpacks, coolers, large purses, camera bags, diaper bags, fanny packs and seat cushions are not allowed into the stadium under the new NFL safety rules.

… On Their Side

The Cowboys-Bengals game is the first official game for one of the club's new sponsors, Nationwide Insurance.

The two forces announced the new agreement in June and targeted this first preseason game as the official launch of their partnership, with defensive end DeMarcus Ware as the spokesperson.

  • The first 50,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a free team-branded Yowie ® - a soft, multi-purpose microfiber fabric that can be worn or used for cheering on the Cowboys.
  • Nationwide Insurance will also make possible the first ever 360-degree Fan Photo at a Cowboys game, which will be available August 25 by visiting dallascowboys.com/nationwidefanphoto .  Fans will also find Nationwide Insurance activating in the "Miller Lite End Zone Fan Plaza," at the eastern side of AT&T Stadium where they will host interactive games, giveaways and contests.

When To Get There?

Fans can get to AT&T Stadium as early as five hours before the game with various events beginning before the 7 p.m. kickoff.

2 p.m. – Parking lots open

4 p.m. – Plazas open

5 p.m. – doors open for AT&T Stadium

7 p.m. – Kickoff

Party On the Plazas

More than just the Cowboys-Bengals game on the field, there is plenty of entertainment for the fans before, during and after the game.

  • Rhythm & Blues Dance Team, Rhythm & Blues Drum Line and Rhythm & Blues Break Boys will each perform on both East & West plaza before the game.
  • Remington Septien Band – will perform in the East Plaza on main stage for a 30 minute performance before the game.
  • Cowboys Cuties,a collection of local youth dance kids from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will perform in the West Plaza before kickoff.
  • In the Kids Zone,games and activities such as a rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull, face painting, balloon animals, trampolines and Play 60 Games are featured.
  • The stages of both plazas include giveaways such as official game-used merchandise, CD's and Fatheads for games like Ladder Golf, Bag Toss, Dance Contests and Karaoke.
  • East Plaza Food & Beverage discounts include: $5 Miller Lites during the first hour, $2 12 oz. bottled water, $3 12 oz. beer, $3 hot dogs, $4 hamburgers. * *

In-Game Entertainment

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will do their normal routine approximately 20 minutes before kickoffs. Three squad members – Brittney, Jasmine and Jordan will sign the national anthem.

At halftime, SUPER CHEER, a youth cheerleading group consisting of nearly 500 members from across Texas and the south will perform a six-minute routine.  

About The Game

    • The Bengals bring to town several familiar faces, including cornerback Terence Newman, a first-round pick in 2003 who played nine years in Dallas. Adam "Pacman" Jones is also on the Bengals' defense, which is run by coordinator Mike Zimmer, who coached in Dallas in 13 years, including seven as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator. Cincinnati OT Dennis Roland spent the 2006 training camp and preseason with the Cowboys. [embedded_ad]
  • Cowboys players Nate Livings and Colin Cochart spent time with the Bengals.
  • There will be about 30 more cameras at the game from NFL Films and HBO as the Bengals are this year's featured team for *Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals. *The Cowboys have been the subject of the ever-popular behind-the-scenes program in 2002 and 2008.
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