Cotton Bowl

Joe Aillet Stadium

 Ticket Information

The Cotton Bowl Stadium combines a storied, 80-year history with bright prospects for the 21st century. As the longtime, neutral-site home for two of college football's biggest games, the annual Red River Rivalry between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma and the State Fair Classic between Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University, the Cotton Bowl is the focus of savvy football fans each fall.

That expands even more in 2013 when the Heart of Dallas Classic begins play with Louisiana Tech hosting the United States Military Academy (Army) on Sept. 28 at the Cotton Bowl during the first week of the State Fair of Texas.

Football is king in Texas, but the Cotton Bowl also showcases events as varied as the 1994 World Cup preliminaries, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival nad Neiman Marcus' 100th year anniversary celebration. Blockbuster concerts featuring superstars from Elvis to the Rolling Stones, motor cross rallies, international soccer matches, religious revivals and Fourth of July fireworks shows have packed the stadium over the years. The Cotton Bowl is considered one of the country's most versatile, affordable and available venues.

Newly renovated with state-of-the-art amenities and an expanded capacity of 92,100 spectators, the Cotton Bowl Stadium is the centerpiece of Fair Park, a landscaped urban oasis renowned for its collection of art deco buildings, art and architecture and located just two miles east of downtown Dallas. Ample parking and the arrival of light rail transportation further define this venue.


Handicapped accessible (ADA) seating for LA Tech fans will be in sections 11-20 (Row 46) and sections 112-124 (Row 1) with access at Gate C elevators. ADA seating for Army will be in sections 28-36 (Row 46) and sections 132-144 (Row 1) with access at Gate J elevators. There are also 32 ADA seats located in sectiosn 5, 6 and 7 (Row 66).


Alcoholic beverages will be sold outside the stadium, but not allowed inside. Ticket holders may only leave with a pass out stub at halftime. Alcohol purchased at halftime will not be permitted back into the stadium.

The exception to this is inside the Club area of the stadium where complimentary food and a cash bar is available.


Concessions are located in several convenient areas around the concourse of the stadium.


From North Dallas, Richardson, Plano and other locations north of Dallas:
Go south on US 75, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park. [Alternate route: Go south on the North Dallas Tollway and exit onto I-35E south. Take the left lane exit to I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and forward to Fair Park.]

From Flower Mound, Lewisville and other locations northwest of Dallas:
Go south on I-35E, take the left lane exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.

From West Dallas, Arlington, Irving, Fort Worth and other locations west of Dallas:
Go east on I-30, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.

From East Dallas, Mesquite, Rockwall and other locations east of Dallas:
Go west on I-30, take Exit 47C (First Avenue/Fair Park), turn right on Exposition and continue forward to Fair Park.

From Oak Cliff, Cedar Hill, DeSoto and other locations southwest of Dallas:
Go north on I-35E, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.

From South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis and other locations southeast of Dallas:
Go north on I-45, exit onto I-30 east, then take Exit 47 (Second Avenue/Fair Park) and continue forward to Fair Park.

From Downtown Dallas:
Go east on Commerce St., turn right onto Second Ave. and continue forward to Fair Park.

  First Aid

First aid stations are available throughout the stadium nearGate A, Gate D, Gate G and Section 33 of the main concourse. Ambulances will be located at Gate A, Gate G and Gate K.

  (Outside) Food & Drink

Ice chests, backpacks and/or coolers are not permitted inside the stadium at any time as well as any outside (non-fair) food or drink.

  Lost and Found

Lost and found is located at Gate A of the stadium in the Security Office (214-939-2222). Items not picked up will be turned over to the SFT Lost and Found after the game.

Lost children will be taken to the Security Office at Gate A.

  Prohibited Items

Please be aware of the following items that are not allowed within the gates of Cotton Bowl Stadium:

No Alcoholic Beverages
No Outside (non-fair) Food or Drink
No Ice Chests, Backpacks or Coolers
No Bags Larger than 12x18 inches
No Banners
No Beverage Containers
No Professional Cameras
No Strollers
No Tripods
No Flag Poles
No Equipment Cases
No Umbrellas
No Laser Pointers/Lights
All Bags are Subject to Search
No Weapons, including Pocket Knives or Pocket Tools (Swiss Army Knives, etc.)

  Public Address System

Public address system is for official use only. No special announcements will be made over the PA system. Emergency situations can be reported to the security personnel at the Security Office located at Gate A.


Restrooms are located throughout the stadium with easy accessibility from the concourse.

  Seating Chart

Cotton Bowl Seating Chart



No tailgating is allowed.


Individual game tickets are available for the Heart of Dallas Classic. For more information or to purchase football tickets, please contact the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, email or visit the LA Tech Ticket Office webpage. You can also stop by the LA Tech Ticket Office (located on the east side of the Thomas Assembly Center) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The LA Tech Ticket Office will also have several gates around the outside of the State Fair Park open on gameday for ticket purchase.

An individual's ticket will gain the person entrance into the State Fair of Texas as well as into the Cotton Bowl Stadium for the game. A general admission State Fair ticket does NOT gain an individual admission into Cotton Bowl Stadium for the game.

Club seats are available for $120 and include complimentary food and access to a cash bar.

  Tobacco Policy

Smoking is prohibited inside the stadium and within 25 feet of any gate. This will be enforced by security and police. PA announcer will make periodic announcements and this information will be included in all pre-game announcements.

  Ushers and Security

Ushers and security personnel are located at various areas within the stadium.

  Will Call

The Louisiana Tech Box Office and Will Call will open the morning of the game. LA Tech Player Will Call will be located along Pennsylvania Avenue near the White Permit Parking lot.

 Quick Facts
 Year Opened  1930 (Fair Park Stadium)
 Official Capacity  92,100
 Surface  Grass
 Largest Crowd  96,009 (Oct. 17, 2009)
 #3 Texas 16, #20 Oklahoma 13
 Gameday Info
 Alcohol Policy
 First Aid
 (Outside) Food & Drink
 Lost & Found
 Prohibited Items
 Public Address System
 Seating Chart
 Tailgating Information
 Ticket Information
 Tobacco Policy
 Ushers & Security
 Will Call

 Ticket Prices | Purchase Tickets
 Premium Reserved (Red)  $35
 Outer Sideline Reserved (Green)  $25
 End Zone Gen. Adm. (Orange)  $20
 Club Level  $120


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