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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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cotton Bowl Tickets and Event Information
What is the Cotton Bowl?
Cotton Bowl is an annual college bowl game played in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. For a complete list of college bowl games, visit our college football bowl games tickets.
How much are Cotton Bowl tickets?
Cotton Bowl ticket prices on the secondary market can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, Cotton Bowl tickets can be found for as low as $55.00, with an average price of $153.00.
How to get cheap Cotton Bowl tickets?
If you’re looking for cheap Cotton Bowl tickets, tickets can be found for as low as $55.00. Additionally, once you click on your preferred event date, use the “sort by price” button located in the top left hand corner of the event page to sort all available Cotton Bowl tickets by cheapest tickets available.
Where is the Cotton Bowl?
The Cotton Bowl is played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
When is the Cotton Bowl?
The last Cotton Bowl was on December 28, 2019.
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