Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Breaks Barriers, Blasts Past 2 Million Mark
Style News Wire | 3/22/2010, 3:29 p.m.
More than 22,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo volunteers donated their time and talent to help produce the world’s largest livestock show, richest regular-season PRCA rodeo, and the Southwest's premier family entertainment event. Following are highlights from the 2010 Show.
Attendance highlights· The 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo entertained a record 2,144,077 visitors for general attendance (for all activities on the grounds). The previous general attendance record was set in 2009 with a total of 1,890,332 visitors. This is the first time the Show has reached the 2 million mark for general attendance.
· The single-day general attendance record was set Sunday, March 14, on Go Tejano Day, with 141,273 visitors. The previous record was set in 2009 with 135,548 visitors.
· RodeoHouston™ paid attendance totaled a record 1,264,074 fans enjoying action-packed rodeo and superstars in concert. The previous record was set during the 2003 Show with a total of 1,215,913 RodeoHouston fans.
· The March 14, 2010, RodeoHouston performance celebrating Go Tejano Day and featuring rodeo action and concerts by Pesado and El Trono De Mexico, broke the Show’s single day all-time Rodeo attendance record with a paid attendance of 74,222. The previous record of 74,147 was set during the 2009 Go Tejano Day with performances by Ramon Ayala and Alacranes Musical.
· A record eight RodeoHouston performances were considered sellouts (approximately 70,000 tickets sold).
· Six RodeoHouston performances landed in the list of the Show’s top 20 paid Rodeo attendance records:
o 1st: March 14, 2010 — Pesado and El Trono De Mexico – 74,222
o 5th: March 18, 2010 — Black Eyed Peas – 73,073
o 7th: March 20, 2010 — Brooks & Dunn, The Last Rodeo Tour – 72,977
o 8th: March 21, 2010 — Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez – 72,883
o 15th: March 5, 2010 — Mary J. Blige – 72,150
o 19th: March 7, 2010 — Jonas Brothers with special guest Demi Lovato – 72,013
· A record 221,229 people visited the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest to help kick off the Show, topping last year’s attendance record of 217,640.
· More than 220,000 visitors rode the Rodeo Express shuttle buses from four locations.
· The Show hosted 2,001 international guests from 51 countries.
· More than 75,000 children received a hands-on agricultural education through a school tour or field trip in Capital One Bank AGventure. Nearly 80,000 people experienced the Fun on the Farm exhibit.
RodeoHouston™ BP Super Series results· The world's top 50 cowboys and cowgirls in each of seven events were invited to participate in the RodeoHouston BP Super Series, competing for a share of more than $1.5 million in prize money, the richest purse in regular-season PRCA rodeo. Each event champion walked away from Reliant Stadium with at least $50,000, a RodeoHouston trophy saddle and a champion buckle.
· 2010 RodeoHouston Champions are:
o tie-down roping: Stran Smith – Childress, Texas, $54,175;
o bareback riding: Ryan Gray – Cheney, Wash., $55,350;
o team roping: Turtle Powell – Stephenville, Texas, $56,250, and