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AT&T Red River Showdown

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AT&T Red River Showdown

Watch out when the football teams of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas collide!


Few college games enjoy such prestige, excitement and turnout as does the Red River Showdown, which takes place each October in The Cotton Bowl.

A recent poll by The Dallas Morning News named it the third greatest college football rivalry of all time (behind only Ohio State/Michigan and Army/Navy). Since 1945, one or both of the two teams has gone into the contest ranked among the top 25 teams more than 90 percent of the time.

Adding to the game's pageantry is the fact it always takes place during the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park. And, three trophies get exchanged depending on the outcome of the game:

  • the Golden Hat (a gold, ten-gallon cowboy hat)
  • the Red River Showdown trophy (kept by the student government of the winning school)
  • the Governor's Trophy

Good luck. Every year, this game is sold out months in advance. Check with the athletic department of either university, your favorite online ticket source, and every friend who owes you a favor. But again, good luck.

Parking Options
Keep in mind parking is at a premium, since the game takes place at the same time and in the same location as the State Fair of Texas.

Cotton Bowl Stadium Seating Sections, and Gates

Cotton Bowl Stadium Guest Information

Red River Showdown History
Fascinating matchups and surprising trivia.

Longhorn fans at the Red River Showdown