Arlington may have hosted the game, but Dallas owned the weekend. Despite the weather, the crowds hit the streets of Downtown and other areas.
On Saturday night, the city center was jam packed from 8pm on. Downtown Dallas was rocking.
Even farther north there were many events filled to capacity. Kenichi, Trece, Go Fish, and Hibashi had daytime events and a couple were closed off by the fire marshal because they were so packed. You heard right, daytime parties. They started at 12, ended around 6pm.
The Erykah Badu/Jamie Foxx concert at the Palladium on Saturday? Filled to capacity.
Northpark was packed like it was Christmas Eve for four days straight. Ditto Galleria.
There was some traffic-related frustration, and yes a couple of Dallas' finest could've been more polite with their requests to our visitors but overall they did a great job. Dallas has never hosted an event like this. Texas-OU and other major events don't compare to All-Star weekend.
By 4am, the streets were clear except for a traffic accident near the Farmers' Market on Saturday.
Everybody was spending money. This is what All-Star Weekend was about. And all of those who predicted Armageddon because it was an urban event, I am more that happy to say you've been disappointed.
I just hope we don't have to wait 24 years to host our next All-Star game.