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December 2016

WISCONSIN ARRIVES IN NORTH TEXAS FOR CLASSIC

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Wisconsin touched down safely in North Texas Monday evening, traveling from Madison via private charter, for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

All players and coaches were accounted for as the entire travel party arrived at their team hotel in Dallas. The Badgers exuded excitement in taking festive atmosphere at the hotel, while settling into their home away from home for the next seven days.

No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) clashes with No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) in a matchup that features two, first-time Cotton Bowl Classic participants.

WESTERN MICHIGAN ARRIVES FOR CLASSIC

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Western Michigan didn’t have to wait long to start enjoying some of the perks of participating in its first New Year’s Six bowl game.

The Broncos arrived Monday and deplaned to find waiting for them charter buses fully wrapped in colorful team photos, including a post-game celebration shot from their Mid-American Conference championship game. Later, it was on to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium, where the Broncos will meet Wisconsin on Jan.

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC MATCHUP IS SET! NO. 15 WESTERN MICHIGAN AND NO. 8 WISCONSIN TO CLASH

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Row the Boat vs. Bucky Badger... Mid-American Conference Champion vs. Big Ten West Division Champion... a battle with abundant storylines will ensue on Jan. 2nd as No. 15 ranked Western Michigan will face off against No. 8 Wisconsin in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium.

The Broncos and Badgers will be making their first appearances at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and meet for only the fifth time in series history. All four meetings have occurred at Madison with Wisconsin holding a 3-1 advantage.

November 2016

Cotton Bowl Foundation Awards $200,000 in Grants to Support North Texas Youth Organizations in 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Cotton Bowl Foundation today announced $200,000 in grants to support Mercy Street, Café Momentum, Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and the Top-20 elementary schools/programs that participated in the 20th anniversary of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Art Contest. 

The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s mission is to serve the communities associated with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth.

COTTON BOWL FOUNDATION AND CFP FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE $100,000 GRANT TO DALLAS SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Cotton Bowl Foundation today announced $100,000 in grants to Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy.  The Cotton Bowl Foundation will donate $50,000, with the College Football Playoff Foundation matching that dollar figure.

The Cotton Bowl Foundation’s gift ensures that all students at the school will have the opportunity to visit a college campus prior to graduating high school.

Pat Green to Perform at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Fan Fest

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic announced today that Grammy-nominated Texas-country artist Pat Green will perform postgame as part of the Goodyear Huddle Up Fan Fest on January 2nd, 2017.

“The Party on the Plaza with Pat Green” is free with a Goodyear Cotton Bowl game ticket and will take place on the main stage in the Miller Lite Plaza (West Plaza) at AT&T Stadium. The show begins 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 81st Classic.

“When you think of Texas-country, you think of Pat Green, “ Rick Baker, President/CEO of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic said.

September 2016

North Texas Giving Day

Monday, September 19th, 2016

We are grateful to be part of our first ever North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 22. Your generous support during this one-day event offers friends like you a chance to give make a meaningful difference through the Cotton Bowl Foundation.


The Cotton Bowl Foundation aims to serve the communities associated with the Cotton Bowl Classic by supporting:

• Programs that improve opportunities for underserved youth in North Texas;
• Programs that benefit completing team’s community;
• Organizations with a legacy of contributing to the Cotton Bowl’s success; and
• Specific, timely needs that present a unique opportunity for CBF to demonstrate community leadership and responsiveness (EX: natural disasters).

August 2016

ART CONTEST CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The 20th Annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest has begun and is now accepting entries from local young artists. All North Texas students in first through sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online at www.cottonbowl.com/art-contest. The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, November 4th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges and notified by the end of November.

July 2016

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Moving to Saturday Kickoffs in 2017

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is moving to Saturday beginning with the 2017 season.

The College Football Playoff announced today that the Classic will be played on three consecutive Saturdays starting on December 30, 2017, December 29, 2018, and December 28, 2019. The game in 2018 is a Playoff Semifinal. Game times will be announced at a later date.

“This is wonderful news for our game,” said Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “Saturdays are tradition.

2016 Youth Clinic A Great Success

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic held its 7th annual youth football clinic on July 20th, as 350 kids from North Texas gathered at AT&T Stadium to learn offensive and defensive fundamentals from area high school and college coaches.

Special guests included the voice of the Dallas Cowboys and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Brad Sham, former No. 1 NFL draft pick and three-time Super Bowl Champion, and Cotton Bowl MVP Russell Maryland, as well as Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.

All three spoke to the kids after camp activities ended.

May 2016

81st CLASSIC KICKOFF TIME SET

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

ESPN announced today the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at noon (CT) on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. The Classic will be the lead-in to the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual followed by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. 

The traditional New Year’s bowl games were moved to Monday, Jan. 2 to accommodate the NFL schedule slated for Sunday, Jan. 1st. This will mark the 13th time in the Classic’s history the game has been played on Jan. 2nd and the first since Ole Miss defeated Oklahoma State in 2010 in the Cotton Bowl’s first game at AT&T Stadium.

March 2016

LEGENDS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Six individuals who helped shape the tradition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history were inducted today into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies at AT&T Stadium.

The honorees in the tenth Hall of Fame Class included former Texas head coach Fred Akers, USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli, SMU tailback Eric Dickerson, Notre Dame linebacker Bob Golic, Arkansas quarterback Fred Marshall, and Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA) Team Selection Chairman, the late Dan Petty.

RENEW YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticket holders should have received their renewal packets for the upcoming 2017 game. Plans are well under way for our 81st Classic. Please mark your calendar for Monday, January 2, 2017. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for noon.

If you have not received renewal information, please contact our ticket office at your earliest convenience at 817-892-BOWL or toll free 888-792-BOWL. It may be delayed, or we do not have current contact information. Please make sure your mailing and email address are current in our system so you don't miss any important communications.

JAY McAULEY NAMED CHAIRMAN

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

North Texas businessman Jay McAuley has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (CBAA), the sponsoring agency of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

McAuley is the President of Texas Health Resources Foundation based in Arlington. His involvement with the CBAA dates back to 2006 as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served as Vice-Chairman on the Classic’s Executive Committee for the past five years.

McAuley becomes the CBAA’s 39th Chairman and succeeds Dan Novakov who will remain on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chairman.

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