Fair Park Update - January, 2011
It‚'s a new year, so let‚'s answer the question that was on so many minds last year: How can the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic be called that when it‚'s not played at the Cotton Bowl?
|The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is simply the name of an event.
Let‚'s look at the history of several other famous stadiums and their bowl games. Before the Orange Bowl Stadium was torn down, the Orange Bowl game had long moved to Pro Players Park, today‚'s home of the Miami Dolphins.
Next, the Sugar Bowl game relocated from Tulane University to New Orleans‚' Superdome, and we still call the game the Sugar Bowl. Fiesta Bowl games moved from Arizona State University‚'s Sun Devil Stadium to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. And it‚'s still called the Fiesta Bowl.
Names are important, but in this case, the rich history of Fair Park and the legacy of collegiate football at the Cotton Bowl far outweighs the name of an event. The first Cotton Bowl game in 1937 featured Texas Christian University and Marquette University.
With the exception of the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl has hosted more bowl games than any other stadium in the country. Collegiate greats have set Cotton Bowl records that have followed them well into their pro football careers: Roger Staubach, Earl Campbell, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Doak Walker, Eli Manning, Bo Jackson and Wes Walker.
|We are now in another phase when it comes to post-season gridiron matchups at the Cotton Bowl. With the inaugural TicketCity Bowl set for Jan.1, Texas Tech and Northwestern universities continue the Cotton Bowl‚'s legacy of offering fans the traditional experience of watching a gridiron in an open air stadium. For many of us, that‚'s how the game was meant to be played.
We are excited to welcome the TicketCity Bowl to Fair Park. With this game comes the revival of a bowl game in Dallas. So buy your tickets early at www.ticketcitybowl.com and encourage your friends to support this inaugural effort. Kick-off is set for 11 a.m. and the game will air on cable ESPNU.
The 25th annual DFW Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival get under way at 10 a.m. January 17 at Fair Park.
A heath fair, children‚'s pavilion and live entertainment will be offered. Free admission. Visit www.dfwelitenews.com for more information.
A new year brings about change. And one of those who is making a new beginning is Wanda Brice. After a successful tenure as CEO of The Women‚'s Museum at Fair Park, Wanda retired last month.
Thanks to her leadership, the museum hosted many exciting exhibits and lecture series. All of us at Fair Park wish Wanda the best of luck in her new endeavors.
We look forward to another busy year ahead. From all of the Fair Park Administration staff, Feliz A√±o Nuevo and a safe and prosperous New Year!
Executive General Manager, Fair Park, Texas