If going to "WrestleMania" is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, I suggest seeing as much of the wrestling action as you can. Go to "Axxess" and the Hall of Fame ceremony. Go to Wrestle-Con or an indy wrestling show. If JR is doing a Q&A at a bar or Foley is doing stand-up, take it all in. While you may suffer WWE fatigue by the end, it will be well worth it to have no regrets later on.

Since I was in Dallas for my tenth consecutive "WrestleMania" trip, I didn't mind taking a day off to settle in.

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Nor did I mind switching gears one night after "NXT TakeOver: Dallas" to catch my favorite MLS team. Despite all of the great WWE activities in the DFW area, it was exciting to find out that two of the original MLS clubs, Columbus Crew SC and FC Dallas, would be in action as well.

Coming into the game, Columbus was 0-2-1, at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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Dallas, on the other hand, was leading the Western Conference with a record of 3-1. 

I bought a pair of tickets ($73.20, after taxes and fees) in the "Beer Garden" section: bleacher-style seating behind one of the goals. The fans in this section were obviously taking advantage of the easy access to alcohol, resulting in what you might describe as the "rowdy" section.

Having used the Flash Seats app to purchase my tickets, all I needed was my phone to get into the game.

Of course, I forgot my phone in the car, so we missed the first 10 minutes — including the first goal of the game, when Justin Meram headed-in a corner kick from Federico Higuain in the 9th minute.

A fan of the visiting team, I thought the man showing us to our seats was kidding when he said I shouldn't be wearing a Columbus shirt. But then I saw the rules listed in the "Beer Garden Policies" and realized he was being serious.

Luckily, I had a Cleveland Cavs sweat shirt anyway.

As one might expect, the line for the bathrooms in the Beer Garden section near the end of the game was long. So long that I actually missed the second goal of the game. In the 77th minute, Tesho Akindele scored when a shot from Maxi Urruti bounced off of the post and then the back of Columbus goalie Steve Clark.

I got back to my seat to see the final ten minutes, which ultimately resulted in a tie.

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If the MLS wants to appeal more to the American audience, they may want to consider putting something like a 15-30 minute sudden death overtime for regular season games, as a 1-1 tie with no sort of overtime feels very anti-climatic.

Knowing that I'd be driving after the game, I didn't indulge in copious amounts of booze. I believe the 16-oz. light draft beer that my cousin bought for me was $6.

Before the game, I met my cousin at Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q.

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Fast, affordable, Texas-style BBQ. A half-mile walk from Toyota Stadium, there is a drive-thru option and even a gas pump at this location in Frisco. My cousin's treat, I believe both of our meals and drinks (I learned that Dallas is to Dr. Pepper what Atlanta is to Coca-Cola) was less than $15 total. If you're in the Dallas area for a few days and you're a meat-eater, it's definitely worth experiencing. While not strictly a Dallas establishment, it's appears to be a regional staple.

Whataburger also exists outside of my homestate of Iowa. With locations in ten different states, the overwhelming majority are located in Texas. If I'm being totally honest, it was a lot like eating McDonald's, without all of the social guilt. And at $8.38 for a basic combo meal, I guess you pay for the guiltlessness.

Still trying to pull themselves out of last place in the East, the Columbus Crew SC are on the road against Montreal Impact on Sunday, April 9th. Currently leading the MLS West, FC Dallas are at home again on April 9th against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Full of Rudy's and Whataburger, I was ready to sleep when I got back to my hotel. For a Saturday night, I again paid $157.01 (after taxes) for my room. 

Total spent for Day 4: $238.59

Total spent for the trip: $1105.27

Day 5 is "WrestleMania 32."

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