The Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic, the annual football game between Prairie View A&M University and Grambling State University, is poised to stay at the Cotton Bowl through 2025.
The city pays each school $75,000 a year to participate in the game, which is played during the State Fair of Texas. This year’s State Fair Classic kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. The Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic is always a vibrant, dramatic contest – between the football teams and the marching bands of Grambling State University of Louisiana and Prairie View A&M University of Texas. The State Fair Classic is particularly known for its energetic battle of the bands at halftime.
The classic showdown began in the 1940s and has been at Fair Park annually since the 1980s. It is considered the largest social event of the year for both schools, attracting over 65,000 fans to Dallas.
Prairie View has won the last 3 meetings between the two teams, scoring a total of 93 points compared to Grambling who has only scored a total of 40 points in the last 3 meetings. This game has also been referred to by several unofficial names, such as the Soul Bowl. Who will be the winner of this year’s Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic?