OU football: State Fair of Texas canceled, but Joe Castiglione hopes Red River Showdown can go on at Cotton Bowl
For the first time since World War II, the State Fair of Texas has been canceled, the Fair's board announced Tuesday morning.
Still, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione remains hopeful that the Sooners can stage their annual Red River football game Oct. 10 against the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
"We understand and respect the decision made by the State Fair of Texas and acknowledge that it was an extremely difficult one," Castiglione wrote. "Our hope remains that we can play the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl, but obviously every aspect of our season requires constant monitoring and planning. The best thing all of us can do at this time is closely follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus."
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Austin American-Statesman that the Fair's cancellation has no impact on the OU-Texas game.
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"Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year's State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that," Del Conte said later in a release.
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the #StateFairofTX will not open for the 2020 season. We can’t wait to welcome you back in 2021, in Texas-style of course, with the biggest and the best, “Howdy, Folks!” #BigTex For more info., please visit https://t.co/MUcfN1JeeFpic.twitter.com/OwCRTF3wmg— State Fair of Texas (@StateFairOfTX) July 7, 2020