Cotton Bowl

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Cotton Bowl Classic's Million-Dollar CEO, and the Enduring Myth of Nonprofit Sports

    On the bulletproof compound of the formidable College Sports Cartel, no one enjoys life quite like the football bowl executive, that shadowy Good Ol' Boy who plans one football game a year in exchange for a mid-six-figure salary and fringe benefits fit for a Florida congressman. And in recent years, ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    This Weekend's Diwali Mela at the Cotton Bowl Is the Best Food Event of the Year

    Got all of that Halloween nonsense out of your system last night? Good. Now you've got more important matters to deal with. Diwali Mela is back, and from a culinary standpoint especially, it's one of the most interesting cultural festivals in the area. The variety of food at this behemoth seems end ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Cowboys Stadium is the Favorite to Host College Football's First Playoff Title Game

    College football's first playoff championship game may be coming to the Cotton Bowl. No, not the old, art-deco Cotton Bowl in Fair Park but the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, which has freed itself from the geographical shackles implied by its name and moved to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. ESPN, citing ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Here's What the Cotton Bowl Will Look Like When It's Encased In Steel

    We've known for a while now that the Cotton Bowl is getting an $82 million facelift. We've also known for a while that New York-based artist James Carpenter will be the one to bring that tired art deco facade into the 21st century. What we haven't known is what exactly that's going to look like. Unt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Texas-OU is Staying at the Cotton Bowl

    If you build it dump $82 million into it, they will come. Mayor Mike Rawlings sends word today that it's a lock: The annual, traffic-snarling blood feud between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University known as the Red River Shootout will be played in the Cotton Bowl at least through 2020. ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Texas and OU, Count Your Money: The Cotton Bowl's $25 Million Facelift is a Lock

    The backdrop, the pageantry, the Fried Everything: There are plenty of reasons the folks at Texas and Oklahoma wouldn't mind keeping the schools' annual rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. But these are college football guys we're talking about, so you can't underestimate the Big R. The schools split $10 ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    City Hall Shouldn't Make Any Promises About Hosting the World Cup at the Cotton Bowl

    As we mentioned Saturday, there's a deal in the works to keep the annual Texas-OU orgy at Fair Park, but it hinges on the city's willingness to raise $25 million to upgrade the Cotton Bowl. It feels like chump change, considering the history and economic impact of the event. But then again, the econ ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Park and Rec Is Looking For Firm to Handle $27 Million Worth of Cotton Bowl Improvements

    ​Shortly before the 2011 kick-off of Texas-OU's annual clash at the Cotton Bowl we spoke with Willis Winters, Park and Rec's second-in-command, about the need to once again renovate the Fair Park stadium in order to keep the Red River Shootout in Dallas past the 2015 contract. Said Winters, it was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Heritage to Sell Odd Bit of Cotton Bowl History. Turns Out, the City Has Its Own Stash o' Seats.

    Heritage Auction Galleries​For the longest time I've had this auction item sitting on my desktop: a chair said to be from the Cotton Bowl circa 1960-'62, during the Dallas Texans' days at Fair Park. Heritage is parting with the curio this weekend, during the same auction at which it's offering the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    So, Whatever Happened to That Texxas Jam '78 Documentary, Anyway?

    Archway Pictures​Speaking of the Texxas Jam, as we're known to do from time to time, while researching yesterday's Fleetwood Mac attack at the Cotton Bowl in '78 I stumbled across an Internet Movie Database entry for something called Texxas Jam '78, which promises to be "the first real look at an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    For Your Holiday Weekend Listening Pleasure: Fleetwood Mac's '78 Cotton Bowl Landslide

    ​At last night's Gasland screening, an environmentalist activist of some note noted how much he enjoyed reading Unfair Park ... for the Friday musical offerings, many of which were echoes of shows he'd once attended. Then, this afternoon, a request from another Friend of Unfair Park: Steive Nicks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    NCAA Delays Reupping TicketCity Bowl License

    ​The NCAA's Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee met today in New Orleans, where it okee-doke'd bowl licenses through 2013-'14 for 32 out of the 35 game played during college football's post-season. (Really? Only 35? Coulda swore it was more like 98.) Anyway. Two of the no-go's were already fo-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Bad News for Fiesta Good News For Cotton?

    ​Following yesterday's release of that damning, mammoth report about all flavor of fiscal shenanigans at the Fiesta Bowl, the question immediately became: Well, what about the Cotton Bowl taking its place in the BCS rotation? But Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports explained, initially, Not so fast:If there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Your First Super Bowl Party Invite: The Village People at the Cotton Bowl. Wait. What?

    ​We are 59 days from kickoff of Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, and The Great Prostitution Invasion of '11 only feels like a long way off. But, no -- time to party plan. And yesterday, this invite arrived to a three-night-stravaganza at Fair Park starting February 3 called, simply, XLV Party. Better ... More >>

  • News

    September 30, 2010
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    August 17, 2010

    Bowled Over: Dallas Gets Two Holiday Games

    ​About 10 percent of next winter's college bowl games will be played right here in our backyard, two under noses in Dallas. In addition to the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, this year will mark the debut of the Dallas Football Classic at the Cotton Bowl. And yesterday brought news that the A ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010
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    April 7, 2010

    Are You Ready for Some (College Bowl Game) Football?!

    ​While Cowboys Stadium is a greedy, event-eating monster and Texas Stadium is an icon about to be reduced to novelty-act rubble, the Cotton Bowl is still a living, breathing attraction. Barely. Later this month in Phoenix the NCAA will likely grant certification to the start-up Dallas Footbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2010

    A Parade of New Year's Parade Photos

    All photos by Harry Wilonsky"Who's Ron Jackson?" asks the boy. "That's Jason Castro," I tell him. "Who?" "Exactly."​It's no longer the Cotton Bowl Parade that snakes through downtown Dallas on New Year's Day. Wouldn't make sense -- the Cotton Bowl's now in Arlington, in case you missed that break ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    2010 Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Old Opponent

    At least they saved money on a new logo.​For the first Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium it's going to be ... Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi. Wait, haven't we seen Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl recently? Like, um, last January?

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    November 4, 2009

    Yes, But Does a "Classic" Bowl Game Really Involve Conference "Also-Rans"?

    ​God knows the city's been talking about it since forever -- you know, finding another bowl game to stick in the Cotton Bowl, since the actual New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Classic will now be played at the EnormoDome in Arlington, which is about 389 shades of ain't-right, but, whatever. So, maybe yo ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    October 15, 2009

    Texas to Get Revenge on OU for Last Year's Loss. Wait ... What?

    ​Dear Oklahoma, I am indeed a bitch. Sincerely, Karma Last year the Oklahoma Sooners were whipped by the Texas Longhorns in their annual mid-October showdown in the Cotton Bowl. Both teams lost one game all season, yet somehow - inexplicably - it was Oklahoma, through a discombobulated nation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Ole Miss Fans Were Very, Very, Very Good to the Hyatt Regency's Bar. Maybe.

    With a tip of the yarmulke to Deadspin, it says here that last week, Ole Miss fans camped out at the Hyatt Regency Dallas and gulped down three nights' worth of records at the hotel's atrium bar. As in: They dropped $26,000 on New Year's Eve; $27,000 the night after that; then more than $29,000 foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Bowling for Morning Items

    Some random notes with which to start your final day of winter vacay. Last night I briefly toyed with the idea of attending the final Cotton Bowl to be held at the actual Cotton Bowl, but an anticipated record crowd of 88,175 -- what you get when you combine a sell-out with expanded seating -- makes ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    See, This Is Why We We've Stopped Leaving the House Altogether

    City Hall clearly didn't want a repeat of the Texas-OU towing fiasco, which is why it had extra parking enforcement officials out and about Fair Park today for the Cotton Bowl adios. After the jump, the city's media release documenting the 10 citations doled out to folks directing game-goers into pa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009

    Bye-Bye, Cotton

    Big D sends its bowl packing

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Texas Tech v. Ole Miss. One Last Cotton Pickin' Time

    So, you jazzed about the old Cotton Bowl's final matchup? The Only Team To Beat Florida vs. The Only Team To Beat Texas. Maybe it's just me, but I'm intrigued by Mississippi vs. Texas Tech.

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    October 23, 2008

    BREAKING SOON-TO-BE NEWS: Minor League Professional Football Coming to Dallas

    Snapped this at last Saturday's Division II college game at the Cotton Bowl. Never fear, it appears larger crowds and better football are on the way. When the Cowboys move to Arlington, Dallas will move much closer to professional football. How’s that? Because, according to a couple source ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Pro Football Comes to the Cotton Bowl? Or Close Enough. Maybe. If You Say So.

    Early last month, we broke the news that city officials were going to begin courting corporations who might be interested in buying the naming rights to the Cotton Bowl. Yesterday, the city council approved the idea, and, as expected, it's looking for a 10-year commitment and between $5 and $10 mill ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: T. Boone Pickens Tours Cotton Bowl, Considers Tech-OSU in Big D

    Someday soon his money and moxie may make an annual trek to our Cotton Bowl. Texas-OU has temporarily left the building. But – surprise! – another big-time college football game may be permanently on its way to the reupholstered Cotton Bowl. A month after Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    This Just In: Dallas Ain’t All Too Smart

    Try to follow along. Which, if you’re a City of Dallas leader or a Dallas Independent School District accountant, will be mondo difficult. First, because some bozos don’t know how to subtract the 4 and carry the 1, DISD announces a $64 million shortfall. That’s shortfall. Opposite of windf ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Breaking News: Park Board Approves Selling Naming Rights to Cotton Bowl

    For years, folks have whispered that perhaps one day, the city might consider selling the naming rights to the 76-year-old Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. After all, maintaining The House That Doak Built is an expensive proposition with, some would insist, dwindling rewards hardly worth the $50 million wo ... More >>

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    June 2, 2008

    Cotton Bowl to Jerry Jones: Take, Um, That?

    Sad that the proud ol' joint is being saddled with Division II football. Seems every week we’re learning what $1.1 billion (with a B) will buy. A Super Bowl here. An NBA All-Star Game there. Throw in some classic college football rivalries and a Big 12 Conference Championship Game. But to ... More >>

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    March 19, 2008

    Exclusive, Must Credit to Unfair Park: Cotton Bowl May Host Some Other Bowl in 2010

    After the AT&T Cotton Bowl game packs up and leaves Dallas in January 2009, our grand old decrepit/refurbished Fair Park stadium will almost immediately host another college football bowl game. So says State Fair of Texas president Errol McKoy."I'll say it with certainty," McKoy told Unfair Park Tue ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    Cotton Bowl: Goodbye, Dallas. Hello, Palace.

    Like it or not, relocation is the right Cotton-pickin' decision.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007

    Two Big Holidays Tomorrow. Well ...

    Tomorrow marks a major holiday -- at least according to the folks at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Some four years back, the Cotton Bowl folks decided to commemorate the first Saturday in November as National College Football Day, so designated because on November 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton ... More >>

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    October 16, 2007

    Manolo Blahnik's Feet Hurt

    Hilary Swank and Burt Tansky, president and chief executive officer of the Neiman Marcus Group Saturday night As we somehow misplaced our invite to last weekend's Neiman Marcus centennial shindig -- at the Cotton Bowl, then at the downtown Dallas flagship -- we're stuck reliving the magic through th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Soul Bowl

    The State Fair Classic kicks off

  • News

    March 8, 2007

    Cool Cotton

    If anything, now is the time to embrace the Cotton Bowl

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007

    Cotton Goes to Arlington

    On KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) this morning, "Dunham & Miller" co-host George Dunham was blaming Mayor Laura Miller for the Cotton Bowl's leaving the Cotton Bowl. Sure, why not. Only problem is, George is wrong -- at least, partially wrong. See, everyone's to blame here, if blame is what you're after ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    Out With the Old

    With the Cotton Bowl's inevitable departure, Dallas dies a little more

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    December 28, 2006

    Cotton Bowl Tix as Valuable as Pocket Lint much is the city gonna spend on refurbishing the Cotton Bowl? Yeah. That's an awesome idea. Psssst. Hey, buddy, wanna buy some watches? No? OK then, how about a sweet deal on some Cotton Bowl tickets? I know, I know -- Nebraska vs. Auburn doesn't exactly hit close to home. But that's the ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006

    The Biggest Loser

    First, we get buried beneath the Arctic Blast's sub-zero temperatures and six feet of ice. And now Dallas is about to get dumped on again. Somehow amidst the downed power lines and white-out conditions comes news that Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game between old Big 8 rivals Oklahoma and Nebrask ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    It was D.J.'s Idea, Dome It

    I see the city has OK'd a $30,000 study to "investigate options for covering the Cotton Bowl with a permanent roof or something semi-permanent, such as an inflatable, retractable or removable dome." Lemme say it before Darrell Jordan does: Are you fucking kidding me? --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 3, 2006

    The Cotton Bowl Ain't No Kyle Field

    Even a good Longhorns fan has to acknowledge that Kyle Field's one of the greatest college football venues ever. The Cotton Bowl, not so much. For a year now, Mayor Laura's been banging the same drum: If, which is to say when, the annual Texas-Oklahoma game finally leaves Dallas and moves back to Au ... More >>

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    August 29, 2006

    The Cotton Bowl Parade Returns. Not Exactly.

    AT&T officials want you to know this WFAA-Channel 8 story from Friday is right. And very wrong. I got an e-mail this a.m. from Natasha Seeley at AT&T announcing a press conference tomorrow morning at the Dallas Museum of Art, during which Mayor Laura and the Kilgore College Rangerettes will provide ... More >>

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    May 22, 2006

    Ode to a Cotton-Pickin' Good Idea

    Darrell Jordan once wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. Doesn't seem so crazy anymore, really. Eight years ago, which is an eternity in a town where yesterday's landmarks are tomorrow's parking lots, attorney and one-time mayoral candidate Darrell Jordan had an idea. He wanted to dome the Cotton Bowl. P ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006

    Cotton Comes to Dallas (Well, Stays, Actually)

    On April 25, the Austin American-Statesman's Kurt Bohls insisted the annual University of Texas-University of Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl was a goner come 2008. (OK, so he reported that someone close to UT and the Cotton Bowl said it was "80-20 that Texas will leave" the Red River Shootout, for ... More >>

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