Fans flock to Arlington for baseball and football




Posted on October 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 1 at 11:47 PM

ARLINGTON — It is a busy weekend in Tarrant County, with close to 300,000 people expected to attend five major sporting events.

Rangers Ballpark hosted two games of the American League Division Series on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, Cowboys Stadium was the place to see the University of Arkansas play Texas A&M in college football action and TCU played crosstown rival SMU in Fort Worth.

After the Aggies' 42-38 loss to Arkansas, many fans walked next door to watch the Rangers face Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Lee Matlock and his family drove in from Fayetteville, Arkansas to cheer his Razorbacks... and ended up staying for the Rangers.

"We originally were just going to the football game," Matlock said, "but then we found out the baseball game was going on tonight, so we thought, let's just go to the baseball game!"

Brian Holland decided to camp outside Rangers Ballpark all weekend so he could have a front-row seat to all the action.

"We sit out here and have a good time," he declared while holding a beer outside his parked RV. Holland — along with 20 other friends — watched the game on a television they set up outside the Ballpark.

"It's a poor man's way of enjoying the playoffs," said Holland, who arrived Friday morning. He planned to hang out until the Cowboys-Lions game ends on Sunday afternoon.