The Heart of Dallas Bowl is played each December at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Since 2011 the Heart of Dallas Bowl has treated millions of fans to some of the most exciting bowl games in college football. The game matches up one of the teams from the Big Ten Conference or Big 12 Conference with a peer from Conference USA. The Heart of Dallas Bowl is sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank, and has been sponsored in the past by TicketCity. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Heart of Dallas Bowl tickets.
2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview
The Heart of Dallas Bowl will feature the Illinois Fighting Illini against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas on December 26 at 1:00pm. With only one prior meeting between the two before this game, the Illini will be looking to revenge their 52-24 loss to the Bulldogs in 2012. La-Tech has fairly mediocre numbers when it comes to yards per game, but one thing they do really well is score points. As the nation’s 13th ranked team in points for in a game, the 107th ranked for points against Fighting Illini will need to bring their a game to Dallas.
Check out our Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Heart of Dallas Bowl games.
Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl Address: 3750 The Midway, Dallas, Texas, 75215
One of the few old-fashioned bowl stadiums left out there, the Cotton Bowl can pack in 92,000+ on game days. One of the biggest rivalries in college football is played here every year, when the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns meet in Dallas every October, surrounded by the Texas State Fair.
Numbered sections 1 to 36. Each section will go up to row 42 and the last few rows will have an overhang from the upper deck to shield you from the elements.
Numbered sections 101 to 144, with sections going up to row 34.
Heart of Dallas Bowl Event Guide
What are best attractions to see when in Dallas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl?
If you’re in the mood for more football, check out if the Dallas Cowboys have a home game while you’re in town. Even if you aren’t a Cowboys fan, AT&T Stadium is a sight to see. The Dallas Stars are also in season, and a little closer than Arlington. Lots of other stuff to see in Dallas, including the Sixth Floor Museum, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the Dallas World Aquarium.
Where are the best places to eat in Dallas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl?
If you love to eat, Dallas is your place. The Grape on Lower Greenville is your spot if you want one of the best burgers you’ll ever have, with Twisted Root by SMU (or Deep Ellum) not far behind. Other great choices in central Dallas are Tei-An and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
What are the best games in Heart of Dallas Bowl history?
The history of this game is short since it first started in 2011 as the TicketCity Bowl, but the closest contest thus far was the inaugural one. Texas Tech beat back a late charge from Northwestern to win the gam 45-38.