Once again, year the Cotton Bowl is serving as host to one of football’s top, long-time rivalries, this being its 80th year. While the Cotton Bowl’s future as home to this traditional bout may be in question beyond 2015, it is without doubt one of the biggest annual draws to the Texas State Fair.
While the City of Arlington managed to woo the Dallas Cowboys away from Dallas proper, the City of Dallas, in conjunction with the Texas State Fair, have worked together to improve the previous shortcomings of the Cotton Bowl stadium. Let’s just say that Cotton Bowl venue, seated in the heart of the Texas State Fair, makes the surrounding events for Texas-OU weekend a lot more fun for University of Texas-Austin and University of Oklahoma-Norman fans alike.
Drawing on the western frontier history of both Texas and Oklahoma, the game between the two was known as the Red River Shootout, and the two teams first met on the field in 1900. In 2005, “Shootout” was softened to “Rivalry.” In 1912, they began to play in Dallas, and with only 3 exceptions, have played in Dallas since that year.