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Houston Rodeo Announces 2022 George Strait Concert As Part Of Its 90th Anniversary

Tickets for Strait’s performance go on sale June 24. It’s the country star’s 31st Houston Rodeo appearance.

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George Strait performs at the conclusion of the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Tuesday announced a return to celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, with George Strait headlining for his 31st rodeo appearance since 1983.

The rodeo, which has been canceled for two straight years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return for 21 days in 2022, including an extra concert-only day for Strait at NRG Stadium.

The country legend — who also turned 69 on Tuesday — last performed in 2019, another concert-only performance that included floor seating. That performance, with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, broke the NRG Stadium attendance record with 80,108 fans, according to organizers.

"After a couple of particularly challenging years, our thousands of dedicated volunteers simply can't wait to welcome everyone back to the Rodeo grounds for a Texas-sized celebration of Western heritage that will be well worth the wait," read a statement from rodeo president and CEO Chris Boleman.

The Houston Rodeo attracts more than 2 million people a year and generates nearly $400 million, according to its own estimates.

The last two years of cancelations impacted not only organizers but vendors — many of whom rely on the annual event to turn a profit every year.

The 2020 event shutdown was the first cancelation in more than 80 years, after organizers delayed its closure for eight days despite internal worries about the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 18 people who attended the rodeo that year tested positive for the coronavirus, though it was not confirmed that they contracted the virus at the event.

The event was canceled after 14 cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Greater Houston, and evidence of community spread in Montgomery County.

Rodeo organizers previously announced the event would return in 2021, pushed back to May instead of its usual March schedule. Two months after that announcement, the event was again canceled because of safety concerns, though some private events were still held.

Tickets for Strait’s performance go on sale June 24.

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