FAQ

What is a Rodeo? What events can I expect to see?

We are an IPRA sanctioned Rodeo

Rodeo is a competitive sport involving a series of riding and roping contests derived from the working skills of the American cowboy. It is usually broken down into two categories: timed events and rough stock events. The rodeo is fun and exciting for fans and athletes!

The Stockyards Championship Rodeo is held in the historic Cowtown Coliseum, home of the world’s first indoor rodeo. Our rodeo features timed events such as tie-down roping, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. We also offer the excitement of rough stock events like bull riding, bronc riding, bareback and ranch saddle bronc riding.

We are the world’s only year-round rodeo. Rodeos are held nearly every Friday and Saturday night.

What time is the rodeo? How long does the rodeo last? What is the order of events?

Every Friday & Saturday Night at 7:30 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the Rodeo competitions start inside the Cowtown Coliseum at 7:30 pm.

Competitions generally last about 2 hours depending on the number of contestants. The rodeo ends with just enough time to make it to the concert at Billy Bob’s Texas, right next door.

ORDER OF EVENTS

Bull Riding (1st Section)
Tie-Down Roping
Bareback Riding
Saddle Bronc Riding
Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding
Breakaway Roping
Team Roping
Ladies Barrel Racing
Bull Riding (2nd Section)

SLACK ORDER
Ladies Barrel Racing
Tie-Down Roping
Breakaway Roping
Team Roping

Is this a family-friendly environment?

We are the #1 kid-friendly event in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Yes, the Stockyards Rodeo prides itself on being a fun and exciting place for families to enjoy their time together.

We have the often hilarious Calf & Mutton scrambles for the kids to participate in during the rodeo each night.

 

Do I need to purchase my tickets in advance?

We do recommend that you purchase tickets in advance in case of a sold out show.

You may purchase tickets online by clicking here .

ALL Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office in front of the Coliseum.

Hours of Operation:

Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not accepting cash payments for box office and concession purchases.  We honor the following credit cards (VISA, MC, AMEX, DISC).

Where are the best seats?

There’s not a bad seat in the house!  
Most of our seats are Bronze Star reserved seats.  Kid and Senior Rates are available on these seats. (Bronze Star Seats

The Silver Spur Seats are reserved, close to the rodeo action located on the first two rows of the arena.  There are 5 seats available per reserved box.  You might get a little dirt on your shirt sitting in these seats. (Silver Spur seats1)

Gold Buckle Seats are super comfortable, reserved, oversized, cushioned seats with head and arm rests that have built in cup-holders. These seats are located on both sides of the arena on the 50-yard line.  (Gold Buckle seats1)

The VIP seating section consists of 3 rows, tiered and perched above the roping chutes with a bar that offers adult beverages located on row 3. (VIP seats Row 1)  (VIP seats Row3)

Other views: (view of arena)  (view of arena 2)

Do you have Military and First Responder Discounts?

Military and First Responder Discounts are only available in person at the box office.

You may show your Military ID or badge to receive a discount on up to four BRONZE STAR Seats.

What the age range for Kid tickets? What is the age for Senior tickets?

Child Bronze Star tickets are for kids ages 3 to 12.  Under age 3 do not require a ticket.

Senior  Bronze Star are for our guests 60 and older.

Any other reserved seat such as Gold Buckle, Silver Spur and VIP do not have a kid or senior rate.

I purchased tickets online, where is my confirmation email?

Please check your Spam/Junk folder.  Ensure that your anti-virus software isn’t set to prevent email attachments.  If email confirmation can still not be found, your tickets can be retrieved at the Cowtown Coliseum Box Office the day of the event and printed for you on-site.

I purchased tickets online, can I get a refund?

Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

We may be able to offer a ticket exchange for an alternate date.  Call 817-625-1025 to inquire.

What is a Calf or Mutton Scramble? How does my child participate?

What is a Calf or Mutton scramble?

A ribbon is placed on the tail of a calf or a sheep(mutton). The calf or sheep and the kids are turned loose in the arena. The first participant to get the ribbon off the tail of the calf or sheep wins a prize.

Registration is Free!  Your child may register to participate in the Calf or Mutton scramble when you arrive.  A registration table is set up at the Main Entrance with our very own Kevin Midkiff the Worlds smallest rodeo clown.

You will be required to sign a waiver and your child will receive a wristband.  The winner of each event will win a prize!

Are your events all indoors?

Yes!

Unlike in Rome, our Coliseum is a completely enclosed, indoor facility. Heated during the winter and with cool A/C during the summer, we provide a comfortable environment to enjoy the Rodeo year-round.

Are food and beverages offered inside the Coliseum?

Yes!

The Cowtown Coliseum offers many delicious food and beverage options including hotdogs, corndogs, nachos, Quesadillas, BBQ, chips, popcorn, candy, soda and bottled water plus a variety of adult beverage choices like cold beer, wine and mixed drinks.

There are lots of great dining options  available throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK OF ANY TYPE IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE COLISEUM.

NO ALCOHOL SOLD INSIDE COWTOWN COLISEUM MAY LEAVE THE BUILDING

Pursuant to health code standards and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission section 28.10 b

Are adult beverages sold inside the Coliseum?

YES!

We do serve beer, wine and liquor at our rodeos and other events.

 

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK OF ANY TYPE IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE COLISEUM.

NO ALCOHOL SOLD INSIDE COWTOWN COLISEUM MAY LEAVE THE BUILDING

Pursuant to health code standards and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission section 28.10 b

Are Dogs or other Pets allowed in Cowtown Coliseum?

No pets of any kind are allowed into the Coliseum.

The Cowtown Coliseum ONLY allows dogs that are recognized as service animals inside the coliseum.

According to the ADA “Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”  Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

ADA- title ii, title iii – www.ADA.gov

What form of payments are accepted?

We honor the following credit cards: VISA, MC, AMEX, and DISC. We currently do not take CASH at the box office or concessions.

Is photography allowed?

Yes, photography from the stands and outside of the arena is allowed!

After you take your awesome photos, feel free to share them with everybody on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Tag #GIDDYUPSTOCKYARDS. Who knows maybe your picture will show up on our website or win a fan favorite and get you free tickets!

Professionals who want to film or photograph at the Cowtown Coliseum please email lisa@cowtowncoliseum.com

When was the Cowtown Coliseum built?

Grand Opening in 1908

The Cowtown Coliseum broke ground in 1907 and was completed in 1908, at a cost of $250,000. Looking at the size of the Coliseum in person, you will see the massive architectural undertaking that occured in that short a time frame.

Are there other things to do while in the Fort Worth Stockyards?

The Fort Worth Stockyards is one of America’s most visited tourist destinations.

The Fort Worth Herd
The world’s only daily cattle drive is held twice daily at 11:30am and 4:00pm on Exchange Ave and running right in front of the historic Livestock Exchange building. Watch real cowboys and cowgirls drive a herd of longhorn steers to their afternoon watering hole. A unique experience only in the Fort Worth Stockyards!
www.fortworth.com/the-herd/

Billy Bob’s Texas
The World’s Largest Honky-tonk! World famous Billy Bob’s has been named one of the best entertainment destinations in America. Featuring popular country stars every Friday and Saturday night, over 30 bars, one of the Stockyard’s best restaurants, and a country music history museum all under one roof.
www.billybobstexas.com

Fort Worth Stockyards This site contains information about everything available in the Stockyards!
www.fortworthstockyards.org/

Stockyards Station
Shopping at dozens of stores inside Stockyards Station & down Exchange Avenue
https://fortworthstockyards.com/

Mule Alley
Harnessing the unique western heritage of Fort Worth, The legendary horse and mule barns on Mule Alley have re-emerged as a carefully curated collection of restaurants, eateries, shops, heritage brands and creative workplaces.
https://fortworthstockyards.com/

What hotel should I stay at?

Hotel Partners

We have relationships with many of the premiere hotels in Fort Worth. Be sure and ask about their daily shuttles to the Fort Worth Stockyards!

Hotel Drover
Now Open                                                                                                                                      Address: 200 Mule Alley Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 755-5557                                                                             https://hoteldrover.com/

Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Historic Stockyards
Address: 132 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 626-6000
www.hyatt.com

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Address: 2537 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 624-1112
www.marriott.com 

Stockyards Hotel
Address: 109 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 625-6427
www.stockyardshotel.com

 

 

 

How much is parking? Where can I park?

There are plenty of parking spaces in the stockyards within walking distance of Cowtown Coliseum.

For a map and information on pricing please visit  fortworthstockyards.com/parking/

For other parking information you can also visit  Fort Worth Parking.

What are your policies concerning Guns?

OPEN CARRY OF HANDGUNS PROHIBITED

PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH AN OPENLY CARRIED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A HANDGUN THAT IS CARRIED OPENLY.

The unlicensed possession of a weapon on these premises is a felony with a
maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

 

PROHIBIDO PORTAR ARMAS DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE 

DE CONFORE A LA SECCÍON 30.07, DEL CÓDIGO PENAL (TRASPASAR PORTANDO ARMAS DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE CON LICENCIA) PERSONAS CON LICENCIA BAJO DEL SUB-CAPITULO H, CAPITULA 411, CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE PORTAR ARMAS), NO DEBEN ENTRAR A ESTA PROPIEDAD PORTANDO UN ARMA DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE.

La posesión sin licencia de un arma en estos locales es un delito grave
pena máxima de 10 años de prisión y una multa de no exceder los $10,000.