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Red River Rivalry staying put in Cotton Bowl through 2025

NCAA Football - Oklahoma vs Texas - October 8, 2005

The name may be changing but the venue, thankfully, is not. The Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas will remain in the Cotton Bowl Stadium at the Texas State Fair through at least 2025 according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

“The schools appreciate the venue,” said former chairman of the State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel. “It’s more of an event, than it is a game.”

These words bring a tear to my eye. Somebody gets it. Somebody out there understands that not everything in college football needs to be sold to the highest bidder. Well, almost. There is a new corporate sponsor for the official game’s title, but at least the game is staying put in the historic venue instead of moving to Arlington, which has become a major player in college football in terms of venues the last few years. It was considered though.

“There’s no question that’s a nice stadium out at AT&T, but we have a nice stadium, too,” Schenkel said, before pausing. “This is such a nice tradition.”

Score this as a major victory for tradition.

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8 Responses to “Red River Rivalry staying put in Cotton Bowl through 2025”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 10, 2014 2:57 PM

    As an Aggie, I have watched the Red River rivalry from afar and always loved the tradition of the football game being on the same grounds as the State Fair. It’s all one big event.

    To separate the two would almost be sacrilege.

  2. Hard On For Harden says: Jun 10, 2014 3:22 PM

    The fact the Cotton Bowl is such a dump is what makes it so great. I tried to leave Austin for last year’s game on Friday night but got drunk then burnt out hungover at 4 am. I had to take a nap in some shopping center in Temple before drinking a warm Four Loko (gas station cooler was out) in south Dallas to restore my buzz. True story.

  3. mrlaloosh says: Jun 10, 2014 4:07 PM

    “True story”? Nobody cares. NOBODY!
    I’m sure Jerrah is mad the game didn’t come to his playground.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:09 PM

    Good, keep the tradition. The “old” cotton bowl was recently refurbished. Half and half orange/crimson is a site to see and experience.

  5. sportsbastard says: Jun 11, 2014 2:23 AM

    If they cared about tradition, it would still be called “The Red River Shootout”.

  6. gorilladunk says: Jun 11, 2014 8:08 AM

    @sportsbastard…you have to realize that NO ONE in these parts calls it the “Red River Shootout”, “Red River Rivalry” or whatever other name a corporation wants. It’s either OU-Texas or Texas-OU depending on your loyalties.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2014 11:40 AM

    ^^^^ Agreed

  8. Hard On For Harden says: Jun 11, 2014 1:50 PM


    Oh man, I’m so disappointed some dope on CFT doesn’t care about my story. Now I’ll go run down to my parents basement and cry myself to sleep, wondering how I can avoid such pain.

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