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Houston Rodeo Poised For Record-Breaking Year

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo winds down this weekend. So far, this year’s concert attendance record at NRG Stadium was last Sunday on “Go Tejano Day.” Another record was set last Saturday for overall attendance.

 

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Bird’s-eye view of people attending the rodeo. Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

 

A total attendance record of 181,822 was set last Saturday, and that puts the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on track to beat previous record-breaking years. Almost 2.5 million attended in 2014 over 20 days. And just over 2.5 million attended two years ago when a George Strait concert was added on a non-rodeo night. 

“Well, the 21 days was in conjunction with the George Strait performance,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the rodeo. “That was a concert, so the dirt came out, chairs went on the floor. So that was an anomoly in 2013, but our 2014 was a record grounds attendance for a 20-day show, and as of right now we are slightly above that record attendance year-to-date.”

Last Sunday’s paid attendance for a concert was 75,357, for two popular Tejano bands — short of the 80,020 who attended that extra 2013 show with George Strait. Rain can affect attendance for outside activities.

“Certainly that affects things on the outside like the carnival and the winegarden and other attractions that we have outside,” Cowley said. “But the beauty of this show is it’s so diverse in regards to the entertainment offering that there’s something to do even if the weather isn’t perfect.”

This evening’s music is from the Band Perry. Brad Paisley performs tomorrow, and Luke Bryan closes out the year on Sunday.

 

people headed into the stadium
Bird’s-eye view of people attending the rodeo. Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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