Cotton Bowl® Stadium opened in 1930 as a 46,000-seat venue known as Fair Park Stadium.
This historic landmark serves as the site of the annual Red River Showdown football game between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma and was the original home of the annual Cotton Bowl Classic from 1937 until 2009, when the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in January 2010. From hosting the NFL Championship on January 1, 1967, to watching 23 Heisman Trophy winners take the field, Cotton Bowl® Stadium has seen its share of highlights in its 90-plus years. Today, the stadium has a capacity of more than 91,000-seats, making it one of the largest stadiums in the country.
However, this historic venue has played host to more than just American football games. The stadium hosted six World Cup games in 1994, was the home of the Dallas Tornado (NASL; 1967–68), FC Dallas (the Dallas Burn 1996-2004, FC Dallas 2005), and hosted a soccer match between Real Madrid and AS Roma in 2014. On January 1, 2020, Cotton Bowl® Stadium hosted the NHL’s first outdoor hockey game in the south when the Dallas Stars took on the Nashville Predators in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
The stadium has also hosted world-class entertainment. In 1956, a 21-year-old Elvis Presley attracted 27,000 fans to the stadium, at that time the largest crowd to attend an outdoor concert in Texas. In the late 1970s, the band Aerosmith recorded their first live concert in Cotton Bowl® Stadium. Meanwhile, during the 1980s, the Texxas Jam concert series in Cotton Bowl® Stadium featured such notable acts as Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Journey, Van Halen, Santana, and the Eagles, among others.