HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which draws 2.5 million people over a three-week span, has been cancelled effective 4:00 PM Wednesday.
City and county officials announced the closure at a news conference, citing health concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual event, which started in 1932, opened in March 3 and was scheduled to close on March 22.
In addition, to athletic competition, carnival rides and food, the rodeo features performances by top country stars. The legendary Willie Nelson performed at the Rodeo last week at the NRG stadium, which is next to the historic Astrodome.
On the weekends, daily attendance typically is about 100,000.
The Rodeo issued a statement Wednesday: “In the interest of public health, the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to close. The Rodeo will respectfully and dutifully comply with the City’s order.
“The Rodeo is deeply saddened; however, the safety and well-being of our guests and our community is our top priority. Out of precaution, the City has decided that this is the best course of action for our community.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been a fabric of this community since 1932. Having to close early is extremely difficult as guests, volunteers, exhibitors, rodeo athletes and entertainers look forward to the 20 days of the Rodeo each year.
“We look forward to the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to continue to promote agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage.”
March 11, 2020 Realty News Report Copyright 2020