Red River Showdown to stay in Cotton Bowl through 2025

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The Red River Showdown has been played in the Cotton Bowl since 1932. (USATSI)
The Red River Showdown has been played in the Cotton Bowl since 1932. (USATSI)

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Texas and Texas A&M's rivalry may not look likely to get back on its feet any time soon, but the Longhorns' other traditional grudge match -- and its attendant traditions -- looks as stable as ever.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings announced Tuesday an extension of the city's agreement with Texas and Oklahoma, one that will ensure the teams' annual Red River Showdown will be played at the Cotton Bowl through the year 2025.

“Dallas is … committed to ensuring the game stays here at Fair Park well beyond 2025,” Rawlings said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Dallas, Texas, is the home of the Red River Rivalry.”

Though the deal has yet to be officially approved by the schools' trustees, Dallas civic leader and former Texas State Fair chairman Peter Schenkel told the Morning News the athletic departments had signed off.

The game has been played in the Cotton Bowl since 1932, in conjunction with the annual State Fair. Both Texas and Oklahoma receive $500,000 each year from the city, and a portion of the ticket sales. Per Schenkel, the latest extension does not increase or benefits from the contract signed by the schools with Dallas in 2012, when the participants asked the city to make improvements to the venerable stadium.

They did, and so one of college football's coolest traditions -- the stadium split neatly in half between crimson on one side and burnt orange on the other, with the Fair churning on outside -- will be maintained. And given what's happened to some other of college football's coolest traditions lately (lookin' at you, Longhorns and Aggies on Thanksgiving night), that's worth a thumbs-up.

 
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