AT&T Red River Showdown
The Oklahoma-Texas game, played each season at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, a location approximately halfway between the two campuses, is one of the country’s most spectacular sporting events.
Staged during the State Fair of Texas, the contest is witnessed by a crowd perfectly defined by color – half crimson, half burnt orange – in an atmosphere that is arguably more unique than that found at any other game. This rivalry is one that marks time and gives players and fans alike experiences for a lifetime.
The Cotton Bowl
In June 2014, the City of Dallas announced that the Cotton Bowl would remain the site of the Red River Showdown through 2025.
“Generations of Sooners and Longhorns will proudly attest that the Red River Showdown is played amidst the most unique atmosphere in all of college football. Two of football’s greatest programs and their legions of passionate fans are diametrically situated in the historic Cotton Bowl, surrounded by revelry of the State Fair of Texas.
“The University of Oklahoma is thrilled about preserving the rich tradition of this game in the City of Dallas. While subject to any necessary final approval by the board of regents from universities, we are looking forward more future student-athletes and fans enjoying the spectacle of this renowned football rivalry for many years to come.” – OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Joe Castiglione
The Tunnel Experience
“From the top of The Tunnel that leads into the floor of the Cotton Bowl it looks like no big deal. All you can see is end zone. Then you start running and the world explodes around you. Your eardrums are pounded by the screams of 75,587 people and the blasts of the modified 12-gauge shotguns that the OU Ruf/Nek spirit group carries...
“You feel the world shake and start to understand why every Longhorn or Sooner who has taken these steps before you can never seem to find the exact words necessary to convey what has just happened.
“You’ve just run down the tunnel at the OU-Texas game -- generally regarded as one of the greatest moments a college football player can experience.” – Mark Wangrin, ESPN.com
Attending the Game
This section provides information for fans attending the game. For information on following the Sooners from around the world, see the Following the Game section below.
Q. Where is the OU Ticket Office Will-Call?
Oklahoma Will Call is located in the corner of the Coliseum Market Place building immediately east of the stadium (opposite Gate J).
Q. Which side of the stadium are Sooner fans located?
Oklahoma fans will be seated in their traditional location on the south side of the stadium surrounding the tunnel (entering Gates G, J, K, L, M and A). Here is the seating chart.
Q. Who is the home team?
Oklahoma is the home team on even numbered years. Texas is home on odd years.
Q. Where can I locate info on the Cotton Bowl & Fair?
View complete info on Cotton Bowl Stadium here. The State Fair of Texas provides complete info here.
Q. What can we expect for the drive to Dallas?
In Oklahoma, all lanes of I-35 will be open. Traffic is expected to be heaviest Friday. Slowdowns south of the Red River are expected. Once people get from Oklahoma into Denton County (Texas) it will get even more crowded all the way to the fairgrounds. Receive official Twitter updates on road conditions: Oklahoma @OKDOT | Texas @TxDOT
Fans travelling to Texas Thursday should be aware of the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E between US 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. The travelling public should be aware of traffic shifts along this portion of I-35E as well as the permanent closure of the HOV lanes between Lewisville and I-635.
Please visit www.35Express.org or follow the project on Twitter (@35Express) and Facebook (I35Express) to receive the latest traffic updates or if they have questions or concerns regarding the project.
Cotton Bowl Stadium is accessible from I-30 using Exit 48B if traveling eastbound or Exit 49B if traveling westbound. Use this address for GPS systems: 3750 Cotton Bowl Plaza, Dallas, TX, 75210. Fans can view real-time traffic info for the Metroplex here.
Q. Where can I park for the game?
Complete details on parking around Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadium can be found here. Parking in official State Fair lots is $15 per space and can be purchased in advance here.
Q. Where can I park my RV for the game?
RV Parking lots will be open Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. and close at noon on Sunday, Oct. 9. Arrivals from 10 p.m. on Thursday through 7 a.m. on Friday will enter through Gate 15. View complete RV parking information here.
Q. What are other options for getting to the game?
Red River Showdown visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to two stations - Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Info on Riding DART to OU-Texas
Q. Where can I tailgate for the game?
The State Fair of Texas does not have a specific parking area reserved for tailgating prior to the game. Tailgating will be allowed on official Fair lots (not in valet parking areas). Parking on official Fair lots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is $15 per space. It is not possible to reserve adjacent spaces in advance or upon arrival. Open flames, tents and protective awnings are not allowed. Traffic flow and pedestrian traffic may not be impeded. Official State Fair lots open at 7 a.m.
Q. What time do Fair/Stadium gates open?
Fair gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. each day and close at 10 p.m. All Cotton Bowl Stadium gates will open two hours prior to kickoff.
Q. When will the team buses pull up?
Sooner fans can welcome the Oklahoma football team buses approximately two hours prior to kickoff. Team buses will roll up Coliseum Drive to Gate K.
Q. What items are prohibited at the stadium?
All bags are subject to inspection upon entry and are subject to additional inspections within the stadium. Complete stadium rules, regulations and prohibited items are listed here.
Q. How can I find my seat?
Stadium attendants will assist fans in locating specific seating locations. Please refer to this seating chart to familiarize yourself with your section of the stadium.
Q. Do I have to pay fair admission if I have a ticket for the game?
No. Your admission to the Fair is included on the day of the game and will be torn off the appropriate part of your game ticket at the Fair entrance.
Q. Where will the OU merchandise tent be located?
The OU Bookstore will operate an official merchandise tent for Sooner fans just outside Gate A of the stadium. On Friday, the store will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. until six hours after kickoff.
Following the Game
If you're supporting the Sooners by following the game on TV, listening on radio or via our online options, this section is for you.
Q. Where are OU's pre-and post-game shows?
OU's preview show, Sooner Sports GameDay, will air live from the field prior to the game at starting 10 a.m. on FOX Sports Southwest.
Q. How can I listen to the Sooners on the radio?
Fans can listen to the OU radio broadcast on any official Sooner Sports Network affiliate, on TuneIn or on Sirius XM. Broadcast begins two hours prior to kickoff with the Sooner Tailgate Show.
Q. How can I follow the Sooners online?
SoonerSports.com will be with the team providing photos and video from beginning to end on social media (Twitter, Instagram).
Q. Where can I watch the game with Sooner fans?
The OU Alumni Association maintains a listing of official OU Clubs throughout the nation. Contact the club nearest you (or visit their website) for information on watch parties in your area.