Sunrise at the Cotton Bowl
The Cotton Bowl indeed is finally that — a bowl — with its capacity increased from 76,000 to 92,200 this year.
With its entire upper deck now enclosed, the 76-year-old facility had early arriving fans gawking their approval.
As the sun rose over the jumbo scoreboard in the South end zone at 8:02 a.m., several thousand fans already were on State Fair Park grounds, which feature some wider walking areas thanks to some fresh concrete.
The ESPN GameDay stage outside the stadium was drawing a crowd in preparation for its 9 a.m. launch. The second halfd of the show will move onto the field along the west sideline.
The South tunnel remains intact, although is more engulfed by seats.
OU-Texas is as captivating as it’s ever been on the field, but the $57 million renovation is a shot in the arm the State Fair of Texas desperately needed to keep the series where it should be.
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