Festivities Planned Around ASU Cotton Bowl Clash Sept. 11
March 31, 2010
Activities will include a reception on Sept. 10 and a tailgate party the day of the game against Texas A&M-Commerce in the venerable Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl opened in 1932 in Fair Park, site of the State Fair of Texas, and has been one of the most historic venues in the history of Texas collegiate football.
The Rams will face A&M-Commerce in the third annual Harvey Martin Classic, which honors the late Lion great and four-time Dallas Cowboys pro-bowler Harvey Martin. The weekend of activities will culminate with kickoff at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Cotton Bowl.
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with a reception for ASU alumni, friends and donors at the Doubletree Hotel-Campbell Centre at 8250 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. The Doubletree will serve as ASU headquarters during the weekend.
The focus of activities on game day will move to Fair Park for a 1-4 p.m. tailgate party and then the 5 p.m. game.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “We are delighted about the opportunity to play in the Cotton Bowl, one of the most storied gridiron venues in Texas and the nation. We think this is a great opportunity not only to give our many alumni in the Metroplex an opportunity to support the Rams locally, but also to partner with A&M-Commerce to showcase Lone Star Conference football in the region.”
ASU Director of Athletics Kathleen Brasfield said, “It’s a great opportunity for former Rams and ’Belles in the area to get together and enjoy LSC football. ASU athletics, band, ROTC, Development Office and ASU Alumni Association are planning together to make it an eventful and memorable weekend. We hope our alums in the Dallas area will mark their calendars and that others will begin their travel plans for the Rams and Lions fun.”
The Sept. 11 game will be the first Cotton Bowl appearance for the Rams and their first game in the Metroplex since visiting North Texas State in the opening game of the 1984 season. The game will mark the 40th meeting between the Rams and A&M-Commerce. ASU leads the all-time series, 23-14-2.