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 29, 2018 – 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 2018 State Fair Classic includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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AT&T Red River Showdown

University of Texas v. University of Oklahoma

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 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 2018 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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State Fair Showdown

Southern University v. Texas Southern University

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Kickoff: 2 P.M.

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

The third weekend in October will be filled with HBCU football, Battle of the Bands, College Fair, Star Light parade and a procession of brass bands. Finish the State Fair season with a bang by joining us at the all-new State Fair Football Showdown.

Game tickets can be purchased through each university’s athletic office or by clicking the link below.

A ticket to the 2018 State Fair Football Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day – Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Nearby Lodging

The State Fair Football Showdown has partnered with the Hilton Anatole to provide the best rates for alumni and fans visiting from around the country. We are sure you will enjoy your trip to the State Fair Football Showdown, State Fair of Texas and at our partner hotel. For reservations, call 1-855-516-1090 or click to visit their website.

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Location

Cotton Bowl Stadium

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Cotton Bowl Stadium Information

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

Bag Inspections

All bags are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspections within the stadium.

Prohibited Items

  • All Bags, including backpacks
  • Purses that exceed 10” x 10”
  • Medical Bags will be inspected upon entry
  • All weapons of any sort
  • 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 and tripods
  • Coolers
  • Any explosive or flammable items
  • 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)
  • Strollers
  • Tobacco products of any kind, including e-­cigarettes
  • Any type of seat cushions or chair backs
  • Baby seats