College Football

The Field of Legends

Nestled in the middle of Fair Park sits the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, home to the iconic Red River Showdown, State Fair Classic, and many other gridiron games.

The State Fair of Texas welcomes football fans to the Cotton Bowl for Saturdays of exciting college football.

State Fair Classic

Prairie View A&M University v. Grambling State University

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Kick-off: 4 p.m.

Since the 1980s, Grambling State Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers have traveled to Dallas during the State Fair to go head-to-head on the grass of the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The State Fair Classic is filled with great football for four quarters and a stunning battle of the bands during halftime.

Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2019 State Fair Classic includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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AT&T Red River Showdown

University of Texas v. University of Oklahoma

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – Kickoff: 11 a.m.

More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.

Game tickets are purchased through each university’s athletic office. A ticket to the 2019 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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State Fair Football Showdown

Texas Southern University v. Southern University

Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Kickoff: 2 P.M.

In its second year, the Tigers from Texas Southern University and Jaguars of Southern University will travel to Dallas for the State Fair Showdown.

The last weekend of the State Fair of Texas will be filled with HBCU football, Battle of the Bands, The Stompdown Experience step show and a College Fair. Finish the State Fair of Texas with a bang by attending the State Fair Showdown.

Game tickets can be purchased through each university’s athletic office or by visiting www.statefairshowdown.com.

A ticket to the 2019 State Fair Football Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Nearby Lodging

The State Fair Football Showdown has partnered with the Hyatt Regency Dallas to provide the best room rates for alumni and fans visiting from around the country. We are sure you will enjoy your time in Dallas for the State Fair Showdown, State Fair of Texas and at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. For reservations, call 1-800-233-1234 or click here to book.

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Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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Clear Bag Policy

For the safety of all attendees, a clear bag policy is in effect for all events at Cotton Bowl Stadium within Fair Park.

Approved bags include (one bag per person):

Bags or totes that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”

One-gallon clear resealable plastic storage bags

Small clutch bags or purses do not have to be clear, but cannot exceed 4.5” x 6.5”

Prohibited bags include:

Large Purses (larger than 4.5” x 6.5”)

Larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

Diaper Bags

However, items normally carried in a diaper bag can be put into a clear plastic bag for venue entry

Cases

Cases for a camera, binocular, etc.

Backpacks

Clear backpacks are also prohibited

Fanny Packs

Plastic bags or totes

This includes tinted, printed pattern, or reusable grocery totes.

Non-clear merchandise bag

Mesh or straw bags

Duffle Bags

Large Totes

Note: Express lanes will be in place at each gate for those who do not bring bags into the stadium. Bags that are necessary for medical equipment will be searched at each gate.

Other than the bag policy, all other items on the prohibited list remain consistent.

All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. Items left at the gate will be discarded.

All games played in Cotton Bowl Stadium are subject to the following rules

BAG INSPECTIONS

For the safety of all attendees, all bags and items are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspections within the stadium. Please see clear bag policy for full details.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • All Bags, including backpacks (unless clear plastic and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”)
  • Purses (larger than 4.5” x 6.5”)
  • Medical Bags will be inspected upon entry
  • All weapons of any sort
  • Any explosive or flammable items
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Artificial noisemakers (bells, horns, kazoos, whistles, etc.)
  • Banners, flags, flag poles, signs, umbrellas, etc.
  • Cameras with detachable lenses greater than 10”. Video cameras, selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and other similar items
  • Coolers
  • Food & beverages
  • Any items deemed a safety hazard or annoyance (balls, balloons, firearms, fireworks, Frisbees, glass, hard plastic or metal water bottles, laser pointers, etc.)
  • Pets (service dogs permitted)
  • Tobacco products of any kind, including e-­cigarettes
  • Any type of seat cushions or chair backs
  • Strollers
  • Baby seats

All carried items and entrants are subject to search. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest. Items left at the gate will be discarded.