The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also called RodeoHouston or abbreviated HLSR, is the world's largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. It also includes one of the richest regular-season rodeo events. It has been held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, since 2003. It was previously held in the Astrodome. It is considered to be the city's "signature event", much like New Orleans's Mardi Gras, Dallas's Texas State Fair, and New York City's New Year's Eve at Times Square.
In 2013, attendance reached a record high of 2,506,238 people requiring more than 28,000 volunteers. In 2007, the rodeo was deemed "the year of the volunteer. The event is 20 days long. It is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run - a 10k and 5k walk & run and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock auctions. Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The City of Houston celebrates this event with Go Texan Day, where residents are encouraged to dress in western wear the Friday before the rodeo begins.
The rodeo has drawn some of the world's biggest recording artists, including Kiss, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Selena, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Taylor Swift and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.
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Dateline Houston 02/25/2014......In a stunning blow to the illegal operators UBER and Lyft, Houston City Council members unanimously blasted these companies for jumping the gun and trying to launch operations in time for the Rodeo before being authorized by the City of Houston.
This was a humiliating WWE body slam and total defeat for the upstarts as angry and outraged Councilmembers, one after another, told UBER and Lyft what they thought of them and essentially handed them their head on a plate.
These are some new rules placed on them IF THEY WANT TO APPLY for the new category of APP-Based Transportation Companies. It is believed that Houston is the only city with such stringent rules for UBER, UBERx and Lyft and similar rogue operations:
Reliant Park is ready for some BBQ and Rodeo! Last year was a record setting attendance, with over 2.25 Million guests entering our gates in a 23 day span. Even though the Rodeo isn't going to be finished off with a George Strait concert, the expected attendance is greater than last years! There are some changes to the event timeline from previous years, however, the event logistics are remaining mostly the same. Please note the following schedule as well as information specific to your areas:
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ CONTEST
Date Carnival Hours BBQ Contest Hours
Thurs, Feb. 27th 6pm - 11pm 5pm - 11pm
Fri, Feb. 28th 4pm - 11pm 12pm - 11pm
Sat, March 1st. 12pm - 11pm 9am - 11pm
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo*
Date Monday - Friday Saturday - Sunday
3/4 - 3/9 Carnival: 4PM - 12AM Carnival: 10AM - 12AM
3/10 - 3/23 Carnival: 1PM - 12AM Carnival: 10AM - 12AM
3/4 - 3/23 Stadium Open: 6PM Stadium Open: Between 2:30PM - 3PM
*Note- Please see the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo website for a complete schedule: https://www.rodeohouston.com/
Cash Parking: Cash parking is available in Reliant Park's "Yellow" lot located off of S. Main and the "610 Lot, "formerly known as "Astroworld." Electronic Message Boards have been placed in the Reliant Park area to assist with way-finding. Additional cash parking operations are surface lots off of Old Spanish Trail and Reed Road. All other Reliant Park lots are pre-sold or reserved.
Taxis/Limos - The pick-up and drop-off will occur in the Green lot as it has in the past. A cab stand will be fully operational on all show days within this lot. Please inform all drivers that picking up and dropping off along city streets and within lane closures is not authorized. During the show days of Rodeo, all lanes of Kirby Drive will be closed North of Westridge and South of McNee once the concert has begun. Limos will be allowed to stage in this area.
METRO - The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is/has coordinated routes and drop-offs with Metro. Should you need any assistance, feel free to contact me.
TX DOT and the City of Houston- There are no known traffic construction projects at this time. Please keep us posted on any items which may impact our events.
HPD- Your assistance as always is greatly appreciated. We've reached out to your respective departments to help coordinate all of our efforts.
Please let me know of any questions, thank you!
Ryan Boros | Security & Parking Manager, SMG-Reliant Park
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One Reliant Park | Houston, TX 77054