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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo plans to move forward with an event in 2021 and will look far different from previous rodeos. The rodeo will last from February 11-28th, 2021. In an attempt to remain responsible and slow the spread of COVID-19, rodeo ticket sales will be limited. Only verified resale tickets are currently available for events.

Cody Davenport The executive director and CEO of the San Antonio Rodeo Cody Davenport and rodeo president Rusty Collier explain the situation via Facebook live. Davenport says “This will be more of a rodeo-focused event and less entertainment-focused. Major acts are not touring and there are too many unknowns.”

The rodeo plans to relocate to Freeman Coliseum, where the original San Antonio Rodeo used to kick off before the construction and move of the AT&T Center that has held it since 2002. San Antonio stands in good company with the rodeo crowd since many across the state of Texas, and the nation as a whole have changed or terminated their plans altogether. The infamous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have even pushed their dates to May from March when they typically open.

Davenport and Collier express that their desire is to create a platform for those who depend on the rodeo for financial stability. said they wanted to give a platform to people who depend on the rodeo for income and are grateful that the rodeo does not have to close its doors altogether.  “Despite the downsides, it will be a unique experience,” said Davenport. Collier noted that the Freeman Coliseum venue change will provide “a more intimate setting than the AT&T Center.”, says Davenport.

In terms of COVID-19 and safety, both Davenport and Collier strived to communicate that rodeo guests must abide by safety and health protocols mandated by county officials. Collier said the San Antonio Rodeo “has worked extremely close with local health officials” in addition to a special rodeo medical committee that is helping implement the safety protocols. It should not surprise those who are looking for a return to the Alamo City’s rural roots to expect a temperature checkpoint if they’re able to buy a ticket.