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Cotton Bowl Stadium

An American gridiron landmark


Today's Cotton Bowl Stadium is an exciting sports venue that is larger and more sophisticated than ever before.


Thanks to a $57 million makeover in the 2000s, the arena is now the ninth largest football stadium in the United States, with 92,100 seats. There are twice as many restrooms and concession stands as before. The upper and lower decks in both end zones now feature wall-to-wall restrooms and concession stands. Meanwhile, fans can now walk the entire inside perimeter of the stadium, thanks to a new upper deck that wraps 360 degrees without a barrier.

A three-story structure above the players' tunnel at the end of the stadium now features the coaches' locker room. A media room accommodating 250 people has replaced the tent that used to serve as the working space for reporters.

To improve crowd flow, the stadium also features one larger entrance gate opposite of the tunnel entrance. Also, four, large stair-tower entrances where the old part of the stadium adjoins the new section.


Some things about the Cotton Bowl stadium haven't changed, however.

It still offers the excitement of the AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas football team and the University of Oklahoma football team. Not to mention the showmanship found in the battles waged by the football teams and marching bands of Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University in the State Fair Classic.

The Cotton Bowl may not be a new stadium – but it is a stadium with a new excitement and vitality. You'll find it in the center of Fair Park, near the radio tower.


(Note: All bags are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspections within the stadium).

  • 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 and 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

Cotton Bowl Stadium