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Travel tip for WMU fans: Buy a parking pass now

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
AT&T Stadium is the site of the Cotton Bowl between Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

For Western Michigan football fans still making travel arrangements to attend the Cotton Bowl, here's an important tip: Make sure you buy a parking pass ahead of time.

At AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner, has darn near a monopoly on the parking situation in the area, and parking passes must be purchased in advance.

Face value of the passes is $50, but they are going for significantly cheaper on StubHub.com -- for as low as $10.

Tailgating is allowed at AT&T Stadium, but only on the perimeter of parking lots, near grassy spaces. Those spaces are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Lots will open around 7 a.m. on game day, Jan. 2.

For a complete lowdown on Cotton Bowl parking rules and tips on what section to park in based on the section you'll be sitting in for the game, plus stadium do's and don'ts, click HERE.

For those fans planning on taking an Uber to the game from their hotel, the ride-sharing service is very prevalent in Dallas and Fort Worth, so you can easily get to the stadium. But getting back to the hotel isn't as easy, as Uber is not as popular in Arlington, where cabs are more readily available. And hailing a postgame cab could lead to long waits in traffic, and an expensive final bill.

Meanwhile, if you're staying at one of the team host hotels, or if you've booked your travel package through one of the universities, there also could be a shuttle available to and from the stadium.

Of note, many tickets for the Western Michigan-Wisconsin game, set for noon (Central time) Jan. 2, still are selling for as low as $6 on StubHub.

Western Michigan (13-0) won the Mid-American Conference and received the New Year's Six bowl bid for being the highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion. Wisconsin (9-3) lost in the Big Ten championship game, to Penn State.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

Twitter @tonypaul1984