The 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo comes to a close this weekend, and along with it goes a 76-year tradition of the Will Rogers Coliseum playing host to the twice-daily rodeos that are often the event’s most popular draw.
The 14,000-seat Dickies Arena, which is still under construction just a stone’s throw from the Coliseum, is set to open later this year.
It may take over for the Will Rogers, but it is not expected to replace it — at least not in the hearts and minds of multiple generations of cowboys and cowgirls from across the country.
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"It is the smell it is the feel, the look, the lighting, the banners hanging from the ceiling," said Matt Brockman of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. "All of that just resonates. We all have those memories from childhood or from some point in our lives. No matter how old we get we still can remember those things. And that’s true here."
Based on the numbers – 5,700 seats, two rodeos a day, 36 days a year for 76 years – more than 31,000,000 people have had the opportunity to take in what is considered to be the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo.
Tickets for the evening rodeo performances on both Friday and Saturday will likely be very hard to come by, according to Brockman. The matinee rodeos – which take place at 2 p.m. – still had availability for walk-up tickets as of Thursday evening.
Dickies Arena debuts in November with two nights of concerts from George Strait. Tickets for the second show go on sale Friday. It will also host the first indoor rodeo on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
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