The Cotton Bowl Classic is played each January at the AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas. The Cotton Bowl is part of the college football playoff. Every 3rd year, the Cotton Bowl will serve as the site of one of college football's semi-final games. The years that the Cotton Bowl is not home to one of the semi-final games, it will feature a premier matchup chosen by the college football playoff selection committee. GoodYear is the current sponsor, but past sponsors include AT&T, SBC and Mobil. The Cotton Bowl is one of the most historic bowl games in the history of college football and has been played for more than 70 years. Up until 2009 this legendary bowl game was played at the Cotton Bowl stadium in the Fairpark area of Dallas, Texas. Since 2010, the game has been played AT&T Stadium in Arlington, which is a suburb of Dallas.
The history of the Cotton Bowl classic is long and distinguished. The very first game was in 1937, when TCU defeated Marquette by a score of 16-6. The Cotton Bowl has also played an important role in helping to shape college football's landscape. In 1964, an undefeated Texas squad beat Roger Staubach's #2 Navy team to claim its first National Championship. The Longhorns again won a National Championship in 1970 when they defeated a Notre Dame team led by Joe Theismann. The Fighting Irish got revenge on the Longhorns in 1978 when Joe Montana led them to a 38-10 victory, and a National Championship. Check out our famous Cotton Bowl Games page and Cotton Bowl Champions page for more information on some of the best Cotton Bowl's to date.
Many great teams and football players have played in the Cotton Bowl. From TCU’s Sammy Baugh, in the 1930's, to Y.A. Tittle (LSU) and Doak Walker (SMU) in the late 1940's, to Jim Brown (Syracuse) in 1957. A number of Heisman Trophy winners have walked on field at the Cotton Bowl Classic. Heisman winners Bo Jackson (Auburn), Ricky Williams (Texas), Doug Flutie (Boston College), Tim Brown (Notre Dame) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) all made their mark at the Cotton Bowl. We have handled college football games in the Dallas area for over 20 years and our headquarters are located a short drive from Arlington in Austin, Texas. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cotton Bowl tickets.
2016 Cotton Bowl Preview
The 2015 Cotton Bowl will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 31st, 2015. The 2015 Cotton Bowl will place the SEC champion Alabama Crimson Tide against the Big Ten Champion Michigan State Spartans. The Crimson Tide have blown through the 2nd half of their season, riding the Heisman caliber season of running back Derrick Henry. Henry and Alabama have pounded opponents, while Nick Saban’s defense has been as good as ever. Michigan State came into the 2015 season with a chip on their shoulder, and have played their best football in the 4th quarters of games all season. Quarterback Conner Cook is the winningest quarterback in Spartans history, and will look to win a 2nd Cotton Bowl title in a row. Look for the 2015 Cotton Bowl to be won on the ground, as both Michigan State and Alabama will try and control the line of scrimmage.
Check out our Cotton Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Cotton Bowl games.
Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium Address: 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas, 76011
AT&T Stadium is located in Arlington just off Interstate 30, a short walk from Ballpark in Arlington and Six Flags. It opened in 2009, so it’s full of modern amenities. Capacity for the Cotton Bowl is 80,000, but the stadium can expand to 105,000 with standing room only tickets. There are four main seating levels inside AT&T Stadium, the 100 level, 200 level, 300 level and 400 level. In addition, there are club seats and over 200 suites spread over five levels.
AT&T Stadium 100 Level
The lowest level provides great views of the action on the field and on the sidelines. The sections on the lower level are 101 to 150. There are typically 20-22 rows throughout the 100 level sections.
AT&T Stadium 200 Level
The second tier includes sections 201 to 250. There are 12 to 15 rows in each 200 level section.
AT&T Stadium 300 Level
The 300 level includes sections 301 to 350. The rows vary greatly per section, with as few as 5 rows in the endzone sections of 300 level and as many as 17 rows on corners.
AT&T Stadium 400 Level
The highest level of this massive stadium still offers excellent sight lines. It also provides the best vantage point to see the massive HD video screen. The screen is so large that it stretches from one 20 yard line to the other 20 yard line. The 400 level includes sections 401 to 460. There are typically 30 rows on sideline sections, then 22 to 24 rows in corner areas and as few as 5 rows in 400 level endzone sections.
Suites at AT&T Stadium
There are Field Level Suites located right down at field level , or actually situated a little below the field. The Hall of Fame suites, Silver suites, Ring of Honor suites and Star suites are located higher up. For information on suites for the Cotton Bowl, please contact TicketCity.
Cotton Bowl Event Guide
Should I drive to the Cotton Bowl?
Public transportation options are somewhat lacking at AT&T Stadium, so it is advisable to drive to the stadium on game day. If you do take a shuttle, then make sure you’ve arranged for a way to get back after the game. The taxi lines post-game can be quite long.
Where are best hotels near AT&T Stadium?
The Sheraton Arlington is a short drive away; it has nice rooms and reasonable rates. The Budge Host Inn and Days Inn Six Flags are both economical choices that are walking distance from the stadium. There are a lot of options at intersection of I30 and 360, which is also close by.
What are the best places to eat around AT&T Stadium?
Pluckers Wing Bar is a short drive from the stadium; they serve a great variety of food and have a full bar with TVs. Fish Bone Grill, Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Joe’s Crab Shack are all located within 5 minutes from the stadium. Check out our Cotton Bowl Event Guide for more information on the surroundings of the Cotton Bowl.
How far is AT&T Stadium from downtown Dallas?
If there is little or no traffic, then it is a 20 minute drive. To be in your seat at kickoff, we recommend you try to arrive an hour early to account for parking.
How can I buy cheap Cotton Bowl tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of Cotton Bowl tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Cotton Bowl ticket prices fluctuate based on demand for the teams playing in it in any given year. Bigger matchups typically push demand higher & ticket prices. The opposite can happen if the Cotton Bowl matchup is less intriguing. Marquee teams, like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas Longhorns, LSU Tigers, and other teams with large fan bases, can drive up Cotton Bowl ticket prices. Get your tickets soon as after Selection Sunday the prices tend to jump around.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Cotton Bowl?
Sammy Baugh, Bobby Layne, Y.A. Tittle, Doak Walker, Jim Brown, Lynn Amedee, Joe Theismann, James Street, Joe Montana, Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman, Keyshawn Johnson, Dat Nguyen, Ricky Williams, Eli Manning, Tyrann Mathieu, Michael Crabtree and Johnny Manziel.