BYU Cougars: The 3 Best Big 12 Road Trips For Cougar Fans
BYU will join the Big 12 in 2023, and conference membership offers a whole new multitude of opportunities to see Cougars on the road.
Oklahoma and Texas say they will stay in the Big 12 until the 2024 football season, joining the SEC for the 2025 football season. Will BYU be playing in Oklahoma or Texas during the two seasons where the three schools are both in the Big 12? Due to uncertainty I did not include them in the list, but if the opportunity arises, a visit to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma or Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas would definitely be on this list.
That being said, here are three of the best Big 12 trips to take once the Cougars join the conference.
Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas Jayhawks Basketball, Lawrence, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.
If you’re going on a trip to see the Cougars in Big 12 play, this should be it.
Regularly appearing in the nation’s best varsity basketball venues, Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse is an item on the to-do list for many die-hard varsity basketball fans.
I’ve been to Allen Fieldhouse before and although I didn’t attend a game there, I got to feel the story by visiting the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and sitting in bleachers. Allen Fieldhouse Lobby is home to a beautifully appointed 19,335 square foot museum – The Booth Family Hall of Athletics – featuring some of the Jayhawks’ greatest legends. From Wilt Chamberlain to Danny Manning, to a great section on the founder of basketball and the first Kansas coach, James Naismith – with the original copy of the rules of basketball and some of the first basketballs – it’s all there, and any college basketball fan will have fun watching the history of the sport.
Allen Fieldhouse itself is historic, opened in 1955, and still has that old school charm. From the NCAA tournament banners hanging from the rafters of the football field to the old-fashioned metal bleachers that make up the vast majority of the 16,300 seats, Allen Fieldhouse is kind of a time capsule and feels special from the moment you walk in. .
Allen Fieldhouse is almost always crowded and is one of the loudest arenas in college basketball, especially for conferences. The student section – over 3,000 people – is some of the best in the sport, and hearing the Fieldhouse sing “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” is special.
Kansas have the best home advantage in college basketball, going 277-15 at Allen Fieldhouse under head coach Bill Self. With the Jayhawks nearly always nationally ranked, watching BYU play Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse will be a memorable experience for any Cougar fan.
Outside of the game, Kansas City is a 45-minute drive from Lawrence. There is a lot to do in Kansas City, starting with some of the best barbecues in the world, if not the best. If you love barbecue, stop by Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que for baby back ribs, burnt tips or a Z-Man sandwich. It won a spot on Anthony Bourdain’s “13 places to eat before you die” list.
Other Kansas City must-see sites include the very well-done National WWI Museum (be sure to go to the top of Liberty Tower for a nice view of Kansas City), the Nelson Art Museum- Atkins, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Power and Light District.
Bounce House, UCF football, Orlando, Florida.
What could be better than seeing a BYU football game and going to Walt Disney World on the same weekend? I imagine this road trip will be popular with BYU families around the world.
Kids (and adults) are pretty much guaranteed to have a fun time at “The Most Magical Place on Earth” in Orlando. The 25,000-acre Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans, attracting more than 58 million visitors annually. With 46 rides, The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Park, Epcot, a huge resort, golf courses and more, you could stay at Disney World for a week without running out of things to do.
If you’ve had enough of Disney World, there’s also Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Discovery Cove. Around this area is International Drive, which offers shops and restaurants.
Non-theme park attractions include the Kennedy Space Center, about an hour from Orlando. Daytona Beach, about an hour from Orlando, is a popular tourist destination, and Cocoa Beach, also about an hour from downtown Orlando, is one of the best in Orlando.
On game day, head to the bounce house. Yes really. As of 2021, the Bounce House has been the official name of UCF’s football stadium, named for how the stadium shakes when fans jump. The 44,206 seat stadium seems to have a great atmosphere and the UCF campus is beautiful. The Knights are good and often ranked, and battles with the Cougars could make a game to remember.
Millions of people come to Orlando for fun every year. Seeing the Cougars live and vacationing in Orlando seems like a great time.
Amon G. Carter Stadium, TCU Football, Fort Worth, Texas and Dallas, Texas
BYU and TCU already have a history of the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs will likely be the Cougars’ natural rival in the Big 12 because of the seven school games played at Mountain West from 2005 to 2011. Four of those games featured at least one ranked team.
The 47,000-seat Amon G. Carter stadium, which has just been renovated in 2019, is magnificent. TCU will be one of the best football teams in the new Big 12 following the departure of Texas and Oklahoma, so games played between BYU and TCU led by Gary Patterson will feature top-level football. Be sure to explore the unique red-roofed campus with historic buildings. If you are a country music fan, Billy Bob’s Texas is located in Forth Worth and is a 100,000 square foot “honkey-tonk” that features live country music, dancing, food and entertainment. arena to watch live bulls.
Downtown Dallas is a 30-minute drive from Fort Worth. Some of the top tourist attractions include the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – a museum dedicated to John F. Kennedy at the site where he was assassinated – Reunion Tower, which offers great views of Dallas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the Dallas Museum and Art Museum. Some of Dallas’ best barbecues can be found at Lockhart, Pecan Lounge, Slow Bone, and Cattleack.