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Fans Flock To West End For Red River Rivalry Festivities

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - It is the day people in North Texas have to pick a side.

Longhorns or Sooners.

The rivalry between universities only separated by the river that divides their home states, is a showdown that dates back to the turn of the 20th Century.

"Oh just being with all the fans down here, it's a great place to be," said Mike Kindle, an OU fan.

Kindle is referring to the West End of Dallas, historically the pre-battle ground for fans before the big game.

"It used to be pretty good, you know chanting on one side OU, chanting on the other side, Texas and it's just not the same anymore," said Mark Estrada, an OU fan.

While Mark and his UT wife Kristie live in a house divided, on Friday night they were in agreeance.

"We actually brought our 18 and 20-year-old with us this year so they could kind of experience it. And they're kind of like…'okay? What is this? It's pretty dead,' " said Kristie Estrada.

The streets are no longer packed shoulder-to-shoulder. Some think it is because the party has now spread out to other entertainment spots like Uptown and Lower Greenville.

"I don't know what they're doing, but they need to bring it back," said Mark Estrada.

But fans say while the West End might not be the party it used to be, the rivalry is still just as fierce.

"Hook 'em horns!" yelled Kristie Estrada.

"Boomer Sooner!" yelled back Mark Estrada.

The City of Dallas is urging fans to use public transportation on gameday.

DART trains will be running to the Cotton Bowl four hours before kickoff.

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