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Cotton Bowl Stadium Tickets

Cotton Bowl Stadium Information

  • Address: 1300 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard, Fair Park, Dallas, TX
  • Cotton Bowl Stadium Seating Information
  • Capacity: Approximately 92,000
  • Events: College Football, High School Football, Concerts & Special Shows
  • Sections: Lower level, Upper-level

Originally known as Fair Park Stadium, the Cotton Bowl was opened in 1930 on the site of the State Fair of Texas located near downtown Dallas. The stadium was renamed to the Cotton Bowl following the creation of the Cotton Bowl Classic which was played at the stadium from 1937-2009. The first game ever played in the Cotton Bowl was between Dallas area high schools, and the stadium has hosted some of the biggest high school games in the history of the state.

Following the departure of the Cotton Bowl Classic from the stadium, the Cotton Bowl is now most famous for hosting the Red River Showdown. Each season the 92,000+ stadium is filled half with Burnt Orange, and a half with Crimson as the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners. The Cotton Bowl is also the host of the Heart of Dallas Bowl game, which has been played every season since 2011. There are few college football stadiums in the country that have the amount of history and tradition of the Cotton Bowl and attending a game in the stadium is one of the must do's for al college football fans.

Sports at the Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Cotton Bowl has been the home to many different sporting and special events since opening in 1930. Since 1932, the Red River Showdown has been played at the fairgrounds in Dallas. The Cotton Bowl was also the site of the Cotton Bowl Classic from 1937 until the game moved to AT&T Stadium in 2009. SMU Mustangs Football had two separate stints of holding their home games at the Cotton Bowl, first from 1932-1978 and again from 1995-2000.

Cotton Bowl FAQs

When do gates open prior to a game?

The fair will open up early one game day, so feel free to get there at 8 AM to enjoy some food and atmosphere before kickoff. Gates to the stadium generally open 90 minutes before kickoff.

What is the best way to get there?

The DART train is a great way to get to the game without driving in traffic and paying for parking. You can also take shuttle buses that are set up at DART stations in Dallas that will also return you to the station after the game.

Cotton Bowl Seating Guide

Lower Level Sections 1-8

Westside of the stadium commonly referred to as the "alumni" side. There are chairbacks in Sec 3-6, rows 10-30. The shade will hit this side of the stadium first.

Lower Level


the Longhorns fans take up all of sections 7 through 23 of the lower level, with each section having over 60 rows. Sections 14-16 are directly behind the endzone and the Longhorn band. Sections 6 & 24 are split down the middle between Texas and Oklahoma fans, so make sure you're getting the seats on your side.


The Sooners fans take up all of sections 1-5 and 25-26 of the lower level, with each section having over 60 rows. Sections 32-34 are behind the endzone and next to the tunnel that the teams enter the field from. Sections 6 & 24 are split down the middle between Texas and Oklahoma fans, so make sure you're getting the seats on your side.

Upper Level


Longhorns fans will be situated through sections 107 through 127, with sections having up to 34 rows. Sections 106 and 128 will be split down the middle with Sooners fans.


Sooners fans will be seated in sections 101-105 and 129- 144, with sections having up to 34 rows. Sections 106 and 128 will be split down the middle with Texas fans.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Seating Chart

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Next Event at Cotton Bowl Stadium

Tickets are On Sale Now for 2021 Red River Showdown - Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl Stadium on 10/09/2021. It is only 225 days away and there are currently 93 tickets available to purchase. The cheapest start at $321. The event is scheduled to start at TBA local time. Buy Tickets to Next event

Cotton Bowl Stadium Event Calendar

There are currently 1 events at Cotton Bowl Stadium with tickets available to purchase. Browse the complete list of events to find the one you need; then choose the right tickets from our ample ticket inventory. Cotton Bowl Stadium ranks among the top venues in Dallas, TX and has shows scheduled through 2021.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Tickets

Tickets for all events at Cotton Bowl Stadium can be purchased at TicketCity. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of finding your perfect seat. Our interactive seating charts with realistic seat views coupled with our seat rating algorithms, for seat quality and value, and multiple ticket sorts make it easy to find the right tickets Since our founding in 1990 in Austin, TX, we have prided ourselves on helping customers enjoy their favorite events to the fullest.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Seating Chart

All events at Cotton Bowl Stadium will have a dynamic seating chart. If available, the view from section will be visible on hover and upon clicking into a section. Stage set-ups can vary by performer and type of event. For the next event, a Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl Stadium Seat Map can be found lower on the page.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Special Ticket Requests

Can't find the seats you want on our site? Through our network, TicketCity may be able to fulfill special requests for exclusive seating options not found online. These options include Access to VIP areas, Suites, and other luxury seats. We may also be able to help if you need to sell extra Cotton Bowl Stadium event tickets. You can begin the process by submitting a sell Cotton Bowl Stadium tickets form.

2021 Events Returning to Normal

As we move into 2021, more live events are being scheduled everyday. Many of those events will be normal capacity, but events early in 2021 are still at reduced capacity, which is indicated in the event name or notes.

Reduced capacity events only offer ticket quantities in groups which cannot be split up. They likely require masks, social distancing and the use of mobile tickets. The venue or local government sets these policies which you will need to follow in order to attend your event.

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