Goodyear Cotton Bowl Survivial Guide helping you prepare for the best week of your life!

The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association would like to welcome you to the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. We have a great lineup of events planned for you to enjoy during your time with us as we count down to the big game on Friday, December 29th. We can assure you that there is something for everyone, and we hope you come away from the “Cotton Bowl Experience” with life-long memories. Please take the opportunity to look at all we have to offer. We pledge to bring you the best in “Texas-sized” hospitality, and here’s to a great Cotton Bowl Week!

We have planned a week full of events and hospitality. To help you prepare for your Cotton Bowl experience, take a look at what we have to offer. This guide should help you gain a better understanding of the events and hospitality you may have access to during your time at the Cotton Bowl.


See below for a more indepth look at what the room has to offer you and your famliy. Please note that we access is granted by your University Bowl Representative. A photo credential will be required to gain entry into the room.


A room like you've never experienced before. We've created a hospitality room for you and your families to enjoy - this will become your home away from home for the week. The VIP Room is a space designed to make your stay unforgettable in surprising and delightful ways. Whether it’s a quiet moment to work alone or a place to connect with fellow BADGERS and share stories, the Hospitality Room’s unique set of personalized services and amenities will cater to you and your families every need.

Dedicated staff on hand to personalize your stay!
TV Lounge Areas
Computer & Printer Area
Arcade & Video Games
Children's iPad Station
AT&T Charging Station

Food & Beverages

We can assure you that you won't go hungry or thirsty during Cotton Bowl week! We have continuous culinary offerings daily. Whether you want to sit down and have a meal with your family or grab a snack to-go, we've got you covered!

Hot casual meals throughout the week
Snack Rack
Coolers stocked with Dr Pepper, Milk, Juice and Water
Coffee Station
Complimentary beer, wine and cocktails from 3pm until close each day.

The Activity Center

Be sure to visit the Activity Director in the Hospitality Room each day for event information, dining reservations and suggestions, or to assist you with any other questions you may have about your time in North Texas. We will also have complimentary tickets available to go see Legoland Discovery Center, Sealife Aquarium, ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord as well as AMC Movie tickets.

Legoland Discovery Center
SeaLife Aquarium
AMC Movie Tickets
Perot Museum of Nature & Science


There are a number of events throughout the week. Some are ticked and others are complimentary. Please pay close attention...

Welcome Party

December, 27th | 6pm - 7pm | Stemmons Ballroom

An informal meal exclusively for players, coaches and official party. Enjoy a variety of pizza, pasta and salad with your family and friends. Just like you would sign your classmates’ yearbook, autograph footballs will be provided for the purpose of exchanging signatures with teammates and staff.

Handoff your event ticket and you'll receive an autograph football.
Think of this as a yearbook signing. Take your ball around to get signed by different players, coaches, personnel!
Relaxing event that enables you to hang out with your BADGER famliy.
Enjoy a hot and delicious meal!
Dallas Cowboys Welcome: Comedy Jam

Saturday, December 23rd | 6pm | The Star in Frisco

An event hosted by the Dallas Cowboys at their new state-of-the-art headquarters. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner while being entertained by speed painter, Dan Dunn. After dinner, sit back and enjoy some outstanding entertainment which will contain adult material. It is suggested that all guests be at least 18 years of age.

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