Fans of the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns received some good news today. The annual matchup between the two teams will be staying at the Cotton Bowl until at least 2025. You can find Red River Showdown tickets for this year’s game from Totally Tickets.
A previous agreement had the rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl through 2020. Today word came that the long standing tradition of the game being at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park would continue for an extra five years.
Oklahoma and Texas have been playing the game at the Cotton Bowl since 1929. This new deal will mean that the Red River Showdown (or whatever it will be called by 2025) will be 96 years old at the Cotton Bowl.
A few years ago it seemed like it was only a matter of time until the rivalry game would be moving to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones put plenty of money into his new stadium, making it the premiere spot for events in the Dallas Metroplex.
Many of the events that were held at the Cotton Bowl were quickly moved to AT&T Stadium. The Cotton Bowl even lost its self named bowl game to the “Palace that Jerry Built”.
Luckily the Red River Rivalry didn’t move, and will stay in the Cotton Bowl for the time being.
The Cotton Bowl, along with the surrounding Texas State Fair is what makes the Oklahoma/Texas rivalry even better than most other college rivalries. It isn’t just a football game, it’s an event.
It’s a tradition to walk around the fair before and after the game, loading up on Fletcher’s Corn Dogs and heckling all the fans wearing orange. And even if the Cotton Bowl isn’t as nice of a stadium as AT&T Stadium, nothing beats the 50/50 split of orange and crimson.
The Red River Showdown belongs at the Cotton Bowl. Fortunately for fans of both Oklahoma and Texas, it looks as if it will be staying there for a long time.