Experience 'Friday Night Lights' at Panthers Stadium One Last Time
It's like Coach Taylor always said, "You get one chance in life. You can either take advantage of it, or you can piss it away." This summer thousands of “Friday Night Lights” fans will be taking advantage of it when they descend on Austin, TX for the ATX Television Festival.
The annual festival celebrates the history of TV while spotlighting the classics, cult favorites, today's most popular series and never before seen shows. The focus is also on fans at the ATX Fest, where badgeholders gain access to screenings, parties, Q&As and panels with their favorite stars.
Taking place June 9-12, this year's festival will include a Writers Room Reunion from “The O.C.”, as well as a live read of the show's pilot, panels with the casts of “Casual,” “UnREAL,” “Younger,” and the “Fargo” music team. There will also be special events with television insiders like a TV master class with Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal.
And, for the fifth year in a row, ATX will be hosting a “Friday Night Lights” Tailgate & Pep Rally Blowout. To mark the five years since FNL ended, and the 10 years since it debuted, ATX is holding one last homecoming at Panther Field on June 10. Fans will get the "ultimate Dillon, TX experience" with live music, Texas BBQ, special guests and a screening of a fan favorite episode right on the field where it all went down.
The event is free and open to the public, but ATX badgeholders will have exclusive access to Magic Hour on Panther Field where they will be able to tour the Panther Field House, which remains as it was on the series, complete with Panther murals and blue lockers.
As if a night on Panther's Field with the show's cast isn't enough, FNL fans can also take a self-guided tour of some of the show's other noteworthy filming locations. A trip to Austin isn't complete without a drive by of The Taylor House. The exteriors of the property that Coach Taylor, Tami, Julie and Gracie Bell called home is located at 6805 De Paul Cove in Austin. The home was the heart of the family and the place where Coach often shared his best wisdom with his players.
Just around the corner from The Taylors, at 2604 Lehigh Dr, fans can take a gander at Tim Riggins' house, or hit the closest Dairy Queen, located at 5900 Manor Rd, which played Smash and Matt's workplace, Alamo Freeze, on the beloved NBC series. Looking for dinner after a long day at ATX? Stop into the Applebee's at 6315 S I H 35, where the team would congregate after a game and where Tyra worked for most of her high school years. If you'd prefer a local joint to a chain restaurant, check out EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill, 3918 N Lamar Blvd, a popular hangout for teenagers, on TV and in real life.
If you're ready for a deep dive into all things “Friday Night Lights,” RSVP to ATX's “Friday Night Lights” Tailgate Party or purchase a festival badge at atxfestival.com.
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