This video is a very special “nugget of gold” in our ImaSportsphile vintage video library….for in 6 short minutes….legendary sportscaster Lindsey Nelson narrates a video highlight history of the 1st fifty (50) Cotton Bowl Classic games….as this awesome footage is a gift to college football fans from a historic lineage of great college football contests that have taken place in the most notable stadium….in a State where football is KING….and narrated by Lindsey Nelson…a sportscasting legend of the highest order….who covered over half of the 50 Cotton Bowls in 1987….having brought an unprecedented 26 Cotton Bowl Classic games.
The Cotton Bowl Stadium is an outdoor stadium that opened in 1930 at the site of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas….which was named for the Cotton Bowl Classic….when starting on New Year’s Day 1937….of which it hosted the first 73 editions of the game through January 2009….as the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in January 2010. The stadium also hosts the Red River Showdown….the annual college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns.
The stadium has been home to many football teams over the years….including the SMU Mustangs, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Texans….along with soccer teams, the Dallas Tornados and FC Dallas….plus the Cotton Bowl served as one of the nine venues used for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
This stadium became known as “The House That Doak Built”….due to the immense crowds that SMU RB Doak Walker drew to the stadium during his college career in the late 1940’s….then in their 7th season in the NFL…the Cowboys hosted the Green Bay Packers for the NFL championship at the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1967…..while the college bowl game that year included SMU….as the two games were filled to the 75,504 capacity….but both the Cowboys and the Mustangs came up short. For any Sportsphile….just getting to hear Lindsey Nelson paint the perfect picture of the past 50 years at the Cotton Bowl is a treat beyond compare. ENJOY!!!