What's New at the Cotton Bowl for This Year's Red River Showdown

Football fans heading to the Red River Showdown will notice some changes at the Cotton Bowl stadium this year.

The 92,000-seat Cotton Bowl stadium will once again host the University of Texas Longhorns and University of Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The State Fair of Texas says the first major change concerns security. This year, Cotton Bowl Stadium will follow the NFL's policy on clear bags. Bags made of clear plastic must be no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or non-clear bags, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

There will be express lanes in place at each gate for fans who aren't bringing bags into the stadium.

Big Tex will soon be greeting visitors to Fair Park for his 67th year. On Friday, the 55-foot-tall cowboy returned to his post at the heart of the State Fair of Texas, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 27.

The bag policy will also be in effect for two additional games — The State Fair Classic between Prairie View A&M University and Grambling State University on Sept. 28, and The State Fair Showdown between Southern University and Texas Southern University on Oct. 19.

After making it through security, game attendees won't have to go far to find something to drink. The Dallas Morning News reports the stadium will have 26 beer stands during the Red River Showdown and 10 beer stands for the other two games.

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"We are proud to continue investing in our home, Fair Park," said Mitchell Glieber, President of the State Fair of Texas.

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