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The 2022 Cotton Bowl Classic

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Cotton Bowl Stadium Event Guide

This Guide covers the Cotton Bowl Stadium, the former home of the Cotton Bowl. Currently the Cotton Bowl is held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Click here for the current Cotton Bowl Event Guide.

Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Cotton Bowl Stadium opened in 1932 in Dallas, Texas. It was originally known as the Fair Park Bowl, and is located in Fair Park, the site of the Texas State Fair. Currently, the stadium has a capacity of 76,000 seats.  The stadium is home of the Cotton Bowl Classic, a college football bowl game. The game will move to Arlington, Texas to the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in 2010.

The 1966 NFL Championship was held at the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys hosted the Green bay packers for the game. Artificial turf was installed in the stadium in 1970, and was removed in 1993 in favor of a natural grass playing field.

The Red River Shootout is held at Cotton Bowl stadium annually, and is the Texas-Oklahoma college football rivalry game. Ticket sales for the game are split two ways, and the fans are separated at the 50-yard line. In May 2006, both schools signed an agreement to keep the Red River Shootout at the aging facility through 2010, awaiting a long-term plan for either renovation or relocation before any further agreements are made. In November 2006, plans for renovation to the facility were made, and a $50 million dollar contract was signed between the Cotton Bowl and Southern Bleacher Company to add seats, restrooms, lighting and sound upgrades, VIP sections, and conference and media sections. The seating capacity of the Stadium will be upgraded to 92,107 seats before the 2008 Texas-Oklahoma rivalry game.

Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University play each other at the State Fair Classic annually at the Cotton Bowl. This game typically occurs the weekend after the Texas-Oklahoma game. The halftime of the game features the “Battle of the Bands,” and is arguably more highly anticipated than the game itself.

Many concerts have been hosted at the stadium, including performers Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Deep Purple, Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick, Eagles and Blue Oyster Cult. The Football World Cup (soccer) tournament was held at the Cotton Bowl in 1994, and the stadium was home of FC Dallas for several seasons.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Location, Parking and Rules:

Parry Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75275

Directions (Car):
(From West or East)
Take I-30 to Barry Munger exit. It will turn into Fitzhugh, then follow the signs.

(From the South)
Take I-45 to MLK exit. Take MLK toward Fair Park until you reach Robert Cullen Blvd. and turn right. Continue to Fitzhugh, turn left and follow the signs.

Advance parking is available at TicketCity. You can buy your parking pass online with TicketCity, or you can pay for parking when you get to the game. Expect extreme traffic prior to the game, so get there early. Parking is also limited, so please be sure to buy your 2009 Cotton Bowl Parking passes early.

Prohibited Items Inside Cotton Bowl Stadium:

  • Alcohol
  • Baby seats
  • Baby strollers
  • Backpacks or large purses
  • Banners and signs
  • Beach balls
  • Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with telephoto lenses)
  • Coolers or containers, including ice chests
  • Explosives
  • Folding chairs or stools
  • Food and beverages
  • Laser pointers
  • Pets (with the exception of animals used by disabled guests)
  • Umbrellas are NOT allowed inside the stadium
  • Noisemakers of any type, not limited to but including air horns and whistles.

Re-entry Policy:
Fans are allowed to leave the stadium at half-time and re-entry is possible with a game ticket stub before the conclusion of half-time. After half-time, fans will not be allowed re-entry to the stadium.


Fair Park:
This beautiful park is located two miles east of downtown Dallas. There are nine museums and six performance facilities on the grounds, including Cotton Bowl Stadium. Some attractions to consider are: The Museum of Nature and Science, The Museum of the American Railroad, The Dallas Puppet Theater, The Dallas Museum of Art, and the Pegasus Theatre.

Trains at NorthPark:
The Trains at NorthPark is an attraction for the entire family. This Dallas holiday tradition features 35 ‘O' Trains travelling through miniature replicas of Dallas skyline, New York, Golden Gate Bridge, Washington D.C. and Mount Rushmore. Ticket prices for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The trains are located in NorthPark Center at North Central Expressway. Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sun.: Noon – 6 p.m. The Trains are on display until January 1.

New Year's Eve:
There are plenty of New Year's Eve parties going on around Dallas during the holiday. Make sure to eat your black eyed peas at Poor David's Pub during their traditional holiday party. After midnight there will be a kissing contest, and the best smoocher will receive a $100 certificate to the pub. Admission is $15.

Eats and Drinks:

Pre-game Eats:

Angry Dog:
2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226-1404
Phone: (214) 741-4406

This is Deep Ellum's premier “cheap food, good beer” joint. The Angry Dog has been serving Dallas' best bar food since 1990, and is the winner of more than 15 local “best of” dining awards. There are more than 100 bottled and 20 draft beers, and the atmosphere rings with pub brick walls and mirrored beers signs. Perfect for your pre-game lunch and beer.

Mattito's TexMex Cocina:
3011 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 526-8181

The award-winning Sunday brunch at Mattito's is perfect for your day-after-the-game experience. This restaurant has been serving family recipes for more than 50 years, and the lush patios and ranch-style setting is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a laid-back lunch. This restaurant was voted “Top Ten Tequila Bars in the United States,” so drinks are a good idea.

Post-game Drinks:

1602 Main St Ste B
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 747-6227

Voted one of the “Top 100 Bars in North America” by Nightclub & Bar Magazine 2008, this lounge-like hang out is the perfect place to see and be seen. They have one of the best cocktail menus in town, and offer lush atmospheres and a subterranean lounge to pique your experience. There is a VIP bottle service available, so grab a bottle to the underground lounge or outside patio and enjoy your stay in beautiful Dallas.

Adairs Saloon:
2624 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
Phone: (214) 939-9900

At night, this bar is packed with boys and gals in Wranglers and boots, and business folk in shiny shoes, looking for a darn good time. This country-themed bar is visually pleasing, with neon beer sign and graffiti brick walls. The jukeboxes are filled with classic country favorites, so come boot-scoot the night away!

Idle Rich Pub:
2614 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214) 965-9926

This pub has a little something for everyone: TV's, Good Beer, frou frou drinks for the ladies, good food, brunch on Saturday and Sunday. This pub does just what a pub is supposed to: offer excellent tap beer at a decent price, while maintaining a true speakeasy pub atmosphere. You can't go wrong with a basket of fish and chips and a big ‘ol Guiness. Or, try their Guinees pie – mmmmm…, good!