UT Austin and Oklahoma Renew Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium Through 2036

UT Austin and Oklahoma Renew Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium Through 2036Source: Unsplash/Waldemar
Natalie Petrovich
Published on December 07, 2023

The University of Texas Austin and the University of Oklahoma will continue their decades-long football rivalry at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, tucked neatly within the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas, for another 13 years. The contract extension, which stretches to 2036, ensures the continuation of one of college football's most storied matchups—appropriately dubbed the Allstate Red River Rivalry—according to KXAN.

A grand slam for tradition, fans of the sport will rejoice as the City of Dallas commits a whopping $140 million to supercharge the aging infrastructure of the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Phase one on the west side is on the calendar for completion by September 2026, while the east side's facelift is penciled in for September 2034, as per KXAN.

The Red River Rivalry, a hallowed series that dates back to 1900, sees Longhorns and Sooners face off in a neutral zone, equidistant from their respective campuses. This tradition has carved out a nearly century-long legacy within the Cotton Bowl Stadium since its construction in 1930. State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber praised the game's singularity, stating, "This rivalry has been played in the Cotton Bowl during the State Fair of Texas for nearly a century. It is the most unique setting in all of college football," reported by Fox Sports.