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Cotton Bowl Classic Details
The Cotton Bowl Classic is one of the older college football bowl games with an origin that dates back to 1937. A Texas oil executive tycoon, J. Curtis Sanford, financed the first game by putting up the $10,000 payout for each team. TCU ended up beating Marquette, 16-6. And so, the Cotton Bowl Classic was born.
Starting in 1941, the Southwest Conference agreed to send its champion to the game and continued to do so until 1995 (the conference dissolved in 1996). The Big 12 took over from 1997 to 2014 and was joined by the SEC starting in 1999. However, the conference tie-ins ended when the game became part of the College Football Playoffs rotation.
From the inception of the game in 1937 through 2009, the namesake Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, was the site of the annual contest. The stadium was built in 1930 and was known as Fair Park Stadium prior to hosting the Cotton Bowl. However, in 2010, the game moved to AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas.
Over the years, the Cotton Bowl has been the site of some classic football games:
- St. Mary’s defeat of an undefeated Texas Tech squad in 1939 is still considered one of the biggest upsets (20-13, St. Mary’s) in college football history.
- The 0-0 battle between LSU and Arkansas in 1947 would eventually become known as the ‘Ice Bowl’.
- Texas saw its 30-game winning streak come to an end against Notre Dame in 1971.
- Joe Montana led one of the most incredible comebacks in college football history when he helped Notre Dame overcome a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter of the 1979 game.
- Michigan State and Baylor played in the highest scoring edition of the game in 2015, a 42-41 win by the Spartans. Baylor had a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold onto the lead.
Get your tickets to witness more classic football history in the making.
When and where is the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic game?
The 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic is set to take place on December 29th at the home base of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. This game is highly anticipated for football fans across the country, regardless of previous football roots and affiliations.
How much are Cotton Bowl Classic tickets?
The average Cotton Bowl Classic game ticket costs $150 on the resale market, but this may vary depending on the game’s matchup on any given year.
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Cotton Bowl the Most In-Demand Bowl Game of 2018-19
No bowl game is currently seeing more demand from fans than this year’s Cotton Bowl.
Below are the top five most in-demand bowl games, ranked by average ticket price, this bowl season:
- Cotton Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Clemson): $452 avg. resale price
- Orange Bowl (Alabama vs. Oklahoma): $358
- Rose Bowl (Ohio State vs. Washington): $337
- Sugar Bowl (Georgia vs. Texas): $228
- Peach Bowl (Florida vs. Michigan): $188
This Year’s Game on Pace to be the Hottest Cotton Bowl Ticket Yet
The 2018 Cotton Bowl is currently on pace to be the hottest Cotton Bowl ticket we have tracked on SeatGeek over the past five seasons. It tops the last time this game was a College Football Playoff Semifinal (2015).
See below for a list of Cotton Bowl ticket prices by year:
- 12/29/18 Clemson vs. Notre Dame: $452 avg. resale price
- 12/29/17 USC vs. Ohio State: $185
- 1/2/17 Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan: $62
- 12/31/15 Alabama vs. Michigan State (CFP Semifinal): $289
- 1/1/15 Michigan State vs. Baylor: $154
- 1/3/14 Missouri vs. Oklahoma State: $163
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