FAQ

When does the rodeo start and how long does it last?

Every Friday & Saturday Night at 8:00 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Rodeo competitions start inside the Cowtown Coliseum at 8:00 pm.

Competitions generally last from 1.5-2 hours depending on the number of contestants. The rodeo ends with just enough time to make it to the 10:30 pm concert at Billy Bob’s Texas, right next door.

What are the ages for kids' tickets?

Kids ages 3 to 12 qualify for the Kid tickets. Kids Under age 3 are Free.

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.

The doors open at 6:30 pm; the rodeo starts at 8:00 pm.

Performances last 1.5-2 hours depending on the number of contestants.

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.

Your child may register to participate in the Calf or Mutton scramble when you arrive.  A registration table is set up at the front door with our very own Kevin Midkiff the Worlds smallest rodeo clown.   Participation is limited to the first 20 kids for each event.  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.

What else can I do?

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!

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

Hotel Drover
Opening early 2021
https://hoteldrover.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.

Is there food and drink available inside the arena?

Yes!

The Cowtown Coliseum offers an assortment of great dining options available throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards.

We also offer adult beverage options: cold beer, wine and mixed drinks.

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

Outside food & drink not allowed into the Coliseum.

Where are the best seats?

There’s not a bad seat in the house!
Most of our seats are General Admission which are not reserved; available on a first come first served basis.

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.

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.

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.

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 #FWRODEO 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

Do I need to purchase my tickets in advance?

You may purchase tickets in advance online by clicking here . Or you may purchase tickets in person at the box office in front of the Coliseum during hours of operation:

Friday, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do I need to wear a mask?

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s latest executive order, all guests entering Cowtown Coliseum will be required to wear a face covering. The requirement does not apply to people who are eating or drinking, to anyone for whom the wearing of a face covering poses a significant mental or physical health risk, and/or to children under the age of 10 (please note, however, that the CDC recommends face coverings for all people 2 years of age or older). Please click here to view the full executive order.