Fair Park | Heart of Dallas

Fair Park

Spread across 80 acres of land just two miles east of downtown Dallas is Fair Park.  The site has hosted the State Fair of Texas, one of the most successful fairs in the country, since 1886. College football games have been a staple of the park since the Cotton Bowl Stadium was built on the site in 1930.  Since that time, numerous championship teams and hall of fame coaches have played in the stadium.  The annual AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma has been played in the Cotton Bowl since 1932.  The stadium also plays host to the annual State Fair Classic featuring Grambling State and Prairie View A&M.  The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic was played at the stadium until 2010.  Entering its sixth year of existence, the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl is excited to continue the tradition of college football at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park.


Fair Park Fast Facts

  • Most of the park’s physical structures were built in anticipation of the Texas Centennial Exposition that was held on the grounds in 1936
  • The park is 277 acres and plays host to more than 7 million visitors annually
  • Fair Park is recognized as a National Historic Landmark
  • The park has the largest collection of 1930’s Art Deco architecture in the United States
  • The Texas Star Ferris Wheel at the park is the largest in the Western Hemisphere
  • The 30-structure complex constitutes the largest intact concentration of 1930s-era exposition buildings and public art remaining in the United States
  • Fair Park has been visited by such notables as educator Booker T. Washington, entertainer "Buffalo Bill" Cody, rocker Elvis Presley, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King