DALLAS – The State Fair Classic between Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University, typically held at Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas each fall, has been postponed to February 27, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This marks the second time that the game date and location have been impacted.
Last July, officials announced the State Fair of Texas would be canceled for the 2020 season. Cancelation of the game soon followed.
It was the first time the fair had been canceled.
Now, due to the recent winter weather crisis in Texas and the time required to assess the impact of the storm to Cotton Bowl Stadium and what is needed to get the stadium game ready, the schools, ALW Entertainment, Fair Park, and the State Fair of Texas have made the decision to move the event from Fair Park. The 2021 State Fair Classic Spring Game will now kick-off at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
"Unfortunately, due to the impacts of the recent inclement weather and the time required to assess what is needed to get Cotton Bowl Stadium ready, we collectively agreed with the State Fair of Texas and the promoter that the prudent decision is to move the event," says Peter Sullivan, general manager of Fair Park. "We look forward to hosting this great event again in the future."
The State Fair Classic has been played on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas since the 1920s. Grambling State and Prairie View A&M have veen playing since the 1980s. However, The teams, Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadium are still assessing the potential impacts from the recent winter weather crisis we all faced this past week and do not feel it is wise to host the game at this time. We look forward to continuing the tradition of the State Fair Classic football game during the State Fair of Texas at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park this coming fall