Gerald J. Ford Stadium | SMU Football Parking
Southern Methodist University owns a stadium named after Gerald Ford, but it’s not the Gerald Ford that you’re thinking of. The Gerald J. Ford Stadium opened in September of 2000 at a cost of $42 million, most of it funded by billionaire businessman of the same name. Home to the SMU Mustangs NCAA football team, this turf arena is just getting started, with an attendance record of 36,742 for the Armed Forces Bowl in 2010, where the Army Black Knights faced off against SMU on their home turf. Due to its location in University Park, it would be hard not to get caught in Dallas traffic. The best solution to get an SMU Mustangs parking spot would be to make use of ParkWhiz and book a parking spot close to the stadium in advance, saving you time and a way not to get the Mustangs angry.
SMU’s football program was born in 1915, and has an accomplished history, including three national titles, one Heisman winner (Doak Walker) and 11 conference titles. Coach Ron Meyer of Dallas Cowboys fame came to SMU in 1976, with a strong focus on recruiting talent for the football team, visiting 70% of possible high-quality recruits in their homes. During Meyer’s tenure in the years 1980-’84, the SMU Mustangs had a record of 45-5-1, which was the best winning percentage in NCAA Division 1-A during that time period. After Meyer left, scandal erupted, as allegations of slush funds used to pay student-athletes resulted in the NCAA punishing SMU with its infamous “Death Penalty,” wherein their football program was prohibited from playing during the 1987 season. The malfeasance occurred when SMU made over $60,000 in booster payments for the two previous years. After taking about 20 years to come back to normal functionality, SMU hired Steve Orsini to act as its Athletic Director. Under his tutelage, the Mustangs began to experience success once more, going to its first bowl game in a quarter-century, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack 45-10 in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl. Scandals come and go, but parking lots are always there, and they are often full. If you don’t want to risk showing up late to see the SMU Mustangs parking the ball under the Texas sky, it is best to book your SMU Mustangs parking spot in advance with ParkWhiz.
ParkWhiz is simple to use, saving you time and frustration. All you need to do is find the SMU Mustangs game that you want to see, book your Gerald J. Ford Stadium parking spot and print out your parking pass. When you bring your ParkWhiz parking pass with you, you can relax and enjoy the game.