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December 2015

MSU Visits Scottish Rite

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the entire Michigan State Spartan squad spent their Monday afternoon visiting at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Patients, staff members and supporters of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic gathered around the hospital’s cafeteria and welcomed the football team along with their coaching staff in grand fashion.

President and CEO of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Bob Walker, started the event thanking the Spartans for visiting with them, followed by remarks from Chairman of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Dan Novakov.

Alabama Visits Children's Health

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Head Coach Nick Saban, and the entire University of Alabama football team, spent their afternoon sharing inspiration and cheer to patients of Children's Health/Children's Medical Center Dallas. Joining them were staff members, Cotton Bowl Chairmen, past and present and President and CEO of Children's Health System of Texas, Chris Durovich.

"What a great privilege it is for us to have Coach Saban, and Derrick Henry, this year's Heisman trophy winner," said Durovich.

Crimson Tide Continues Prep Work

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide put in another elongated practice session with more than two hours in full pads at AT&T Stadium.

Intensity continued to build and focus continued to sharpen as the Crimson Tide ready for its College Football Playoff Semifinal clash at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) three days away.

“I feel pretty good (about today’s practice), said LB Reggie Ragland. “Guys were flying around, being in the right position to get better today, so overall it was good.

MSU Has Eye on Tide

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Even as he prepares for the biggest game of his career, Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio had the Dallas-area storm victims on his mind Sunday.

At least 11 people died, many others were injured and hundreds of homes were damaged when tornadoes tore through nearby cities Saturday evening. It was the first thought Dantonio shared Sunday after completing the team’s second practice for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people that are affected by the tornadoes,” Dantonio said.

Alabama Dons Full Pads

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide got down to business for its College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in full pads on the AT&T Stadium turf in Arlington.

The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) held a spirited workout in preparation for its New Year’s Eve matchup with the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten).

“Practice has been going well,” said C Ryan Kelly. “This is a team with a honed vision of what we want when we started this a long time ago when we dreamed of getting here.

Goodyear Kicks Off Campaign

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has resolved to make 2016 a ‘good year’ for consumers across the United States with the launch of a 10-day social media sweepstakes from the company’s new Twitter handle (www.twitter.com/Goodyear).

Starting today, fans following @Goodyear on Twitter and engaging with the #Goodyear hashtag can have the chance to win a wide range of prizes, from free tires and Goodyear Blimp rides to the grand prize of a new 2016 high performance vehicle.

MSU Puts in Solid Start

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Michigan State began its on-site preparation Saturday for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Spartans practiced for the first time in seven days, working 2½ hours in full pads at AT&T Stadium.

“Good practice today,” Head Coach Mark Dantonio said. “We got a lot of things done and got reconnected with the environment here, you could say, and had good work.”

The Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) started the year at AT&T Stadium when they rallied from 20 points down to beat Baylor 42-41 in the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Alabama Conducts First Workout

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

After touching down in North Texas earlier in the day, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide wasted no time getting back to work on the practice field with its first workout on Saturday afternoon at Coppell High School.


The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) went through an upbeat, 90-minute session in shells and shorts in the indoor practice facility for the Class 6A Cowboys football team. Coach Nick Saban said his second-seeded Tide are happy to be back in the College Football Playoff for a second year in a row and back in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to face the No.

Alabama Arrives in North Texas

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic rolled out the crimson carpet for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday morning. The Tide touched down at Dallas Love Field and were welcomed by a large crowd of Cotton Bowl Board and Council members along with the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center Marching Band.

Shortly after the team arrived, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic hosted an arrival news conference at the Hilton Anatole for the team.

Michigan State Arrives at Classic

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Michigan State Spartans are in the house!

Coach Mark Dantonio and his No. 3 ranked Spartans touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Christmas afternoon to begin preparations for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on December 31.

The Spartans received an enthusiastic Texas welcome with a “Shower of Affection” from water cannons manned by members of the DFW Airport Fire Department. After being greeted by CBAA Chairman Dan Novakov, the team and athletic staff boarded buses for Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort, the Michigan State’s team headquarters for the week ahead.

The Matchup Is Set!

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

NO. 2 ALABAMA VS. NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE TO CLASH ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State…Saban vs. Dantonio…Saban vs. his old team.

The storylines are abundant as the two college football heavyweights prepare to meet at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

A sellout crowd will descend on AT&T Stadium on New Year’s Eve to witness a battle of SEC and Big Ten Conference champions with the winner advancing to Arizona for a shot at the College Football Playoff National Championship.

October 2015

SOLD OUT!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be played in front of a packed house on New Year’s Eve. The Classic announced today that the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium is officially sold out of reserved and club seating.

For the first time since the Classic’s move to AT&T Stadium in 2010, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl is placing a limited number of standing-room-only tickets (Spirit Passes) on sale to the general public before knowing the participating teams.

COTTON BOWL CLASSIC TAILGATE CLUB

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic announced on Thursday a new partnership with Tailgate Guys to create the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Tailgate Club. The event will provide fans with a unique tailgating experience as the Classic prepares to host the College Football Playoff Semifinal on New Year’s Eve at AT&T Stadium. 

Fans that buy into The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Tailgate Club will enjoy a first-class turnkey tailgate experience within the beautiful surroundings of Richard Greene Linear Park located just steps away from AT&T Stadium.

New Primary Graphic Unveiled

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is rolling out a new look for the College Football Playoff  Semifinal on New Year’s Eve. For nearly a decade, Dallas-based brand identity agency, Torch Creative, has collaborated with the Classic to develop and design a primary graphic that is unique to each year's game.

The primary graphic for the 80th Cotton Bowl plays up the festive nature of the Classic’s kickoff on New Year’s Eve with fireworks coming together over AT&T Stadium to form an abstract version of a cotton boll.

September 2015

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest Now Accepting Entries

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The 2015 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/fan-zone/art-contest/. The deadline to mail in the illustrations is Friday, October 9th. The winners are determined by a select group of judges and notified by the end of October.
“For 19 years now we have enjoyed engaging with the younger sports fans in the Metroplex through our art contest,” Goodyear Cotton Bowl President Rick Baker said, “We hope that art teachers from across the North Texas community will encourage their students to participate.

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