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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Fans of the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners are descending on North Texas on Friday in anticipation of Saturday’s big Red River Rivalry game at Fair Park in Dallas. And the city is rolling out the red carpet.
You can always feel the excitement in the air when these two teams meet in what has become an annual football tradition. But this year, you will be able to see it in the air as well. For the first time in the 109 years of the Red River Rivalry, a fireworks show will be held in downtown Dallas. Crews spent the last week rigging Reunion Tower for a seven-minute show that starts at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.
Fireworks were last shot from Reunion Tower back in October of last year for the grand reopening of the tower’s observation deck. The company that operates Reunion Tower is gifting the fireworks show for the city, and all of the visitors. “We’re into new things, big things, and we think this could be a really great thing for the city,” said Jeanne Phillips with Hunt Consolidated.
Melrose Pyrotechnics was responsible for creating last year’s show, and is again in charge of the fireworks display this year. Fireworks will launch from more than 50 different spots around the tower’s orb, which sits 560 feet above the ground.
But the main attraction of the weekend is the football game. The Cotton Bowl in Fair Park will be filled to the brim as Oklahoma takes on Texas in what is, arguably, the biggest game of the year for these teams, and for the Longhorns and Sooners fans.
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