Texas/OU at Cotton Bowl until 2015

The Annual Red River Shootout between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners is staying at the Cotton Bowl.

Dallas Mayor Laura Miller announced that the contract to keep the game at the Cotton Bowl stadium, in south Dallas, has been extended until 2015. This announcement comes after a few years of speculation on whether the game would remain at the legendary stadium.

For the past few years all parties involved have had trouble reaching a long-term agreement. And there’s been a ton of speculation that the famous rivalry game might go to a home-and-home schedule, where the games would be played in Austin and Norman on rotating years. There has also been a lot of speculation that the game might move over to play at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium being built in Arlington, Texas. But this announcement means the game will stay put in the same place it’s been played for years.

This rivalry game between Texas and OU is one of the truly unique games in college football. The 2008 game will be the 103rd meeting between the two schools. And in the last 60 years at least one or both of the teams have been ranked coming in to the game almost every time. The Longhorns currently lead the all-time series in wins at 57 to 39, with 5 ties.

Attending the game is a truly unique experience. The Cotton Bowl is situated in the center of The State Fair of Texas fairgrounds. So you walk through the Fair to get to the Stadium. There you’ll see fans dressed in either Burnt Orango or Crimson riding the rides, playing the games on the midway, having a few beers, enjoying cotton candy with their kids or eating one of Fletcher’s famous corn dogs. Once inside the Cotton Bowl, the two fan bases are split onto separate sides of the stadium. And the game on the field never fails to disappoint, as the two schools have a genuinely ‘dislike’ of each other.

So if you’ve never attended a Texas/OU game then I highly recommend you experience it. It’s a truly memorable event, and one college football game that you’ll never forget.

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