20 Interesting Facts About The Cotton Bowl


The Cotton Bowl is located in Dallas, Texas and is one of the most storied stadiums in college football history. It has been the site of some great and memorable games over the years, with many players who have become legends in football having at one time or another played at the Cotton Bowl. It had also been the location of the college football bowl game that shares its name up until 2010 when the game was relocated to nearby Cowboys Stadium.

It is a famous stadium indeed, but here is a look at a good chunk of interesting facts about the famous Cotton Bowl.

-The stadium is located in Fair Park, the site of the annual Texas State Fair.

-The owner and operator of the stadium is the City of Dallas.

-The Cotton Bowl opened in 1930.

-From 1930 to 1936 it was known as Fair Park Stadium.

-The address of the Cotton Bowl is 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

-The turf at the Cotton Bowl right now is natural grass, just as it was when the facility first opened in 1930. From 1970 to 1993 though it was an Astroturf field.

-Three professional football teams have called the Cotton Bowl home. The original Dallas Texans in 1952, the Dallas Texans of the AFL from 1960 to 1962, and the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL from 1960 to 1971 all played there.

-The first NFL game played in the Cotton Bowl featured the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Dallas Cowboys by the score of 35-28.

-2010 was the only year that no bowl game was held in the Cotton Bowl since 1937. The Cotton Bowl Classic was played there from 1937 to 2009 and in 2011 it was home to the TicketCity Bowl.

-The Cotton Bowl has also seen its fair share of great soccer as it has been home to the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer, Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League, and was also where some of the games during the 1994 World Cup were played.

-The yearly matchup between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas is called the Red River Rivalry (formerly known as the Red River Shootout) and has been played at the Cotton Bowl every year since 1932.

-The 1966 NFL Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers was played at the Cotton Bowl, with Green Bay coming out victorious.

-One of the main reasons that the artificial turf was removed from the stadium in 1993 was in preparation for the 1994 FIFA World Cup games that would be played there.

-Up until 1968, nearly all the seating in the Cotton Bowl was of the bench variety. That year chair backs were installed.

-The Cotton Bowl has turned up in several rock music videos, including those by Poison, Journey, and Aerosmith.

-The “Battle of the Bands” competition that takes place at halftime of the State Fair Classic, the yearly matchup between Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M is often more popular and looked forward to than the game itself.

-In a 1981 episode of the television show Dallas, the character of J.R. Ewing has a meeting that takes place at the Cotton Bowl.

-On a number of occasions over the years, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs have called the Cotton Bowl home.

-When a 21 year old Elvis Presley played at the Cotton Bowl on October 11th, 1956, the record at the time for the largest audience in Texas history for a concert held outdoors was set with more than 27,000 in attendance.

-For the 1984 Emmy Award winning made for TV movie, The Jesse Owens Story, the Cotton Bowl stood in for the scenes that took place in 1936 at Berlin Olympic Stadium. The Cotton Bowl signage and other landmarks were covered up by large Nazi flags to help with the illusion.

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