The stadium had natural grass from 1930 to 1969, but it was replaced with AstroTurf in 1970. Natural Grass was re-installed in 1994.
The Cotton Bowl Stadium has hosted the annual college football post-season bowl game the "Cotton Bowl Classic" from 1937 to 2010.
The Cotton Bowl Stadium is an outdoor stadium, situated in Dallas, Texas in the United States. From 1930 to 1936, the stadium was called the 'Fair Park Stadium'. The construction started in 1930, and an estimated amount of US$328,200 was spent to build the gigantic structure. It is owned and operated by the City of Dallas. It underwent multiple renovations in 1968, 1994 and 2008 and expansions in 1948 and 1949. The stadium has been the home ground for the SMU Mustangs ( from 1932 to 1978, and from 1995 to 1999), the Dallas Texans (1952), the Dallas Tornado (1967-1968), the FC Dallas (1996-2002, 2004-2005) and the Dallas Desires (2010). It has also served as stamping ground for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL from 1960 to 1971. In 1940, the stadium was popularly called the "The House That Doak Built".
The stadium saw A.S. Roma winning over Real Madrid in a soccer match on 29th July during the 2014 International Champions Cup.
A 21-year-old Elvis Presley performed at the stadium on 11th October 1956.
The 1966 Green Bay Packers season was hosted by the Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl Stadium on 1st January 1967.
Van Halen performed at the venue during their "Monsters Of Rock" Tour in the summer of 1988.
The Cotton Bowl was the site where the 1991 Drum Corps International World Championship was held.
It is one of the nine venues selected to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup.