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Cotton Bowl Stadium Information

Gate Information
For the most direct and efficient access to your seat, please enter the stadium through the gate indicated on your ticket. All gates open two hours prior to game time.

Pass-Out Gates (Re-entry policy)
Patrons may leave the Cotton Bowl through all gates at halftime only and be able to re-enter with game ticket stub by the conclusion of halftime. After halftime, you will not be able to depart the stadium then re-enter at any time unless you have an unused ticket.

Stadium Office
The stadium office is located on the left after entering Gate 2. Please look for the Fan Accommodation sign.

In case of an emergency at home, fans can be located and contacted at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Prior to leaving for the game, give your section, row and seat number to the appropriate party. The party may call 214-421-8708 and inform the operator that an emergency message must be relayed. There is no paging available. This service will be available from one hour prior to kickoff until the end of the game.

First Aid
There are two emergency first aid stations, at Gate 2 and Gate 7. Paramedics are on duty throughout the game. If assistance is needed in the stands, please contact the nearest usher or emergency medical personnel. If further attention is required, the patient will be taken to nearby Baylor Hospital.

Restrooms are located throughout the stadium.

Stadium ushers serve the needs of our spectators. Please contact the nearest usher to request medical assistance or register complaints about objectionable behavior by other spectators.

Banners and Signs
Temporary banners and signs are not permitted in the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Umbrellas are NOT allowed inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

You may take still photographs of the game from your seat.

Stay Off the Field
Please do not go onto the playing field at any time. Anyone entering the field area without proper credentials is subject to eviction and arrest under Texas state law.

Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all large bags including backpacks are NOT permitted in Cotton Bowl Stadium. No containers (thermos, cans, plastic bottles, etc.) or coolers of any type are permitted in the stadium. All carried items and entrants are subject to search.

Alcoholic Beverages
Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

NO smoking is permissible anywhere inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium per the City of Dallas.

Lost and Found
Lost and found services are maintained at the stadium office by Gate 2. Articles should be turned over to an usher or brought to the stadium office. All items not claimed immediately following the game will be available the first business day after the game at the Texas State Fair Lost and Found or by calling 214-421-8708.

Lost Patrons
Lost patrons and persons looking for lost patrons should proceed immediately to the stadium office by Gate 2.

Tailgating or picnicking in the parking lot is permitted in designated areas only.

Automated Teller Machines
ATM's are available throughout the State Fair. Most ATM cards are accepted.

Official Red River Showdown game-day merchandise will be available at novelty stands inside and outside the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

During the Red River Showdown, Cotton Bowl Stadium has more than 75 concession areas with specialty items ranging from chicken fajitas to game-day staples of hot dogs and soft drinks. They are located just outside Gates 1 through 10. Additionally, on each ramp you will find express beverage service. All fans have access to these areas before and throughout the game.

Prohibited Items
Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, all large bags and backpacks are prohibited inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium. All carried items and entrants are subject to search. A checkroom is available near the Grand Place facility located on the west side of the stadium near Cotton Bowl Plaza for those who wish to keep any bags not being allowed inside the stadium. The check room is open from 10 AM to 9:30 PM and the charge is $2 per item. Prohibited items may be checked at Grand Place location or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession of such items is subject to arrest.

Prohibited items inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium include:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Baby seats
  • Baby strollers
  • Backpacks (or any large bags)
  • Banners, sign
  • Beach balls
  • Cameras (professional equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses)
  • Coolers (ice chests) or containers
  • Explosives
  • Folding chairs or stools
  • Food and beverages
  • Laser pointers
  • Pets (with the exception of animals used by disabled guests)
  • Umbrellas are NOT allowed inside the stadium per Big 12 Conference
  • Noisemakers of any type (i.e. air horn, plastic horn, whistles, etc.)

OU fans at the Red River Showdown