The Red River Rivalry is ON and almost here! What you need to know.

How to Plan for the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown

The time-honored tradition at the State Fair of Texas, the AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns has been played at the State Fair since 1929. With an 11 a.m. Texas time kick-off, the State Fair is urging fans to arrive early to make sure they have plenty of time to go through security, not only into the fairgrounds but also into Cotton Bowl Stadium for the game. The Fair is also urging fans to be aware of the new clear bag policy for Cotton Bowl Stadium by visiting

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re heading to the game!

  • Due to an 11 a.m. local kick-off time, the State Fair will open early to allow fans to arrive and enjoy the Fair before game time, so plan your travel to the fairgrounds accordingly.
  • State Fair Will Call will open at 6:30 a.m.
  • Official State Fair parking lots and all gates will open at 7 a.m.
  • Coupon Booths and Online Coupon Pick up Centers will open at 7 a.m.
    • Purchase coupons ahead of time at and skip the long lines. Pick up your coupons at a Hospitality Center instead of a Coupon Booth.
  • Hospitality Centers and Information Booths will open at 7 a.m.
  • Outdoor concessions, including the Tower Building Food Court, will open at 8 a.m.
  • The State Fair of Texas Midway will open at 8 a.m.
  • FOX Sports will air a special two-hour edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF delivered by Wendy’s to the State Fair of Texas LIVE from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday in front of the Hall of State on Lone Star Boulevard. The BIG NOON SATURDAY matchup, Oklahoma vs. Texas, kicks off at 11 a.m. Texas time on FOX. Fans are urged to arrive early.
  • All exhibit buildings, outdoor exhibits, and indoor concessions (except the Tower Building, which opens earlier) will open at 9 a.m.
  • Gates to the Cotton Bowl will open at 9 a.m.
  • Game tickets will be scanned at all Cotton Bowl gates.
  • For the safety of all game attendees, a clear bag policy is in effect for all events at the Cotton Bowl Stadium within Fair Park. Visit for more details.
  • DART trains and buses will become more crowded as game-time approaches and at locations closer to Fair Park.
  • The Fair has enhanced its metal detection at all pedestrian gates to include walkthrough metal detectors. Please read any signage and listen to gate attendants for directions upon entry.
  • For a list of items allowed and not allowed at the Fair, visit
  • For a list of prohibited items in the Cotton Bowl, visit
  • After the game, be sure to stick around to enjoy the fun and attractions the State Fair of Texas has to offer, see the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation at 8 p.m. along the Esplanade, and see country music artists, Big & Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy perform on the Chevrolet Main Stage at 8:30 p.m.
  • For a full schedule of events, visit


To learn more about additional enhancements to Cotton Bowl Stadium this year, including increased beer sales in the Cotton Bowl, click here.


All game tickets include admission to the State Fair of Texas. With more than 100 things to do, all included with admission, the State Fair of Texas is the best tailgate experience of the year. This year’s Fair runs through Sunday, October 20.



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