Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl Stadium
The Red River Showdown is played in the Cotton Bowl on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. The Cotton Bowl is one of the few old-fashioned bowl stadiums left in America, and can pack in over 92,000 fans on TX/OU game day. The OU Texas game is the biggest game played there each year, but the legendary stadium also hosts the First Responder Bowl, which started off as the TicketCity Bowl. Tickets are divided evenly between OU and UT fans, with the fan bases split down the middle of the stadium in Sections 6 and Section 24.
Levels of the Cotton Bowl
Numbered sections 1-36, each section will go up to row 42. Along the sideline the overhang from the upper-deck creates a shaded area which fans prefer to get out of the sun. The one downside to sitting under the overhang is there are some concrete poles which you must look around to see the action on the field. The Cotton Bowl is a throwback stadium, so you definitely feel closer to the field when you are in the lower rows of the lower-level. Fans in the endzone sections are typically looking over their schools band and/or spirit groups.
Numbered sections 101-144, with sections going up to row 34. The upper-level sideline sections are part of the existing Cotton Bowl stadium structure, but the upper-level endzone sections on each side were added to the building in more recent years. The view of the field from the upper-deck is good.
At the TX/OU game, the Texas Longhorns have from Section 6 to 24 on the lower-level. The Longhorns sit in Sections 106 to 128 on the upper-level. Sections 6 and 24 on the lower-level are actually split down the middle, so fans from the rival teams cannot get closer to each other sitting in any other part of the venue.
At the OU/Texas game, the Oklahoma Sooners fans are seated from Section 1 to 5 and Section 25 to 36 on the lower-level. Then from Section 101 to 105 and Section 129 to 144 on upper-level