Below, you'll find a complete breakdown of the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, including ticket-buying options, travel options, Arlington accommodations and more.
The Cotton Bowl Classic, sponsored by AT&T, is played on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on FOX. Considered a top bowl destination outside of the BCS bowls, the Cotton Bowl matches up the #3 or #4 SEC team against the #2 Big 12 team.
Originally playing at its namesake stadium in Dallas, Texas, the Cotton Bowl was conceived in 1937. The bowl formed a relationship with AT&T (at the time Southwestern Bell) in 1996 and has currently one of the longest sponsorships among the bowls. In 2009, the Cotton Bowl made the move from the historic stadium on the Texas State Fairgrounds to the new, state of the art Cowboys stadium in nearby Arlington. 2013 will mark the 2nd appearance in the Cotton Bowl for the Oklahoma Sooners and their first meeting with Texas A&M since the Aggies departed the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. The last time the two teams played (November 5, 2011 in Norman), Oklahoma beat A&M 41-25. In their first season of SEC play, A&M did much better than many expected, notching 10 wins behind Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel and beating then #1 Alabama.
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is a sight to behold. Making its debut in 2009, the new home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise is the largest domed stadium in the world. With a price tag of over $1.3 billion, Cowboys Stadium seats over 80,000 (expandable to nearly 111,000) and features a retractable roof, the world's largest high definition video screen and Matrix artificial turf, as well as numerous suites and club areas.
The stadium is located in the between I-30 and highway 180 in Arlington, Texas, west of the Dallas city limits. It is easily accessible from several directions, and the Cotton Bowl has a very handy, easy-to-use interactive map that provides printable driving directions specific to your planned entry point. Here are the entry points detailed on the map:
- Houston Area
- San Antonio Area
- Oklahoma (I-35 East)
- Oklahoma (I-35 West)
- Love Field Airport
- Dallas-Fort Worth Airport
Parking areas open 5 hours before the game and are purchased for designated lots. Passes are valid only for the designated lots, and on gameday, attendants direct you to your lot. There are also passenger drop-off areas on the north side off of Randol Mill Road in Lot 1 and on the south side off of Cowboys Way in Lot 6.
Tickets are already sold out for the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic. OU season ticket holders can purchase online, with tickets priced at $140.
All others will have to check ticket vendors such as TicketLiquidator, StubHub, Ebay and RazorGator.
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