What is a rodeo? What can I expect to see?

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 every Friday and Saturday night.

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

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

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 venue a family friendly place?

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.

Some events may vary.

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 visiting our events page. 

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:

  • Monday - Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sundays: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Are adult beverages sold inside the coliseum?


There are two bars located on the main floor, one bar at the top of the VIP deck, and a bar at on the northwest end of the arena. 

We sell beer, seltzers, wine, hard liquor frozen margaritas and soft drinks 

Are dogs and other pets allowed in the coliseum?

No pets of any kind are allowed into the Coliseum, with the exception of dogs that are recognized as service animals.

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 are 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?

No professional cameras allowed.

If interested in shooting photography onsite, please fill out the online form

When was Cowtown Coliseum built?

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 occurred in that short a time frame.

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

Absolutely! Head to fortworthstockyards.com.

What hotels are nearby?

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

Address: 200 Mule Alley Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 755-5557

Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Historic Stockyards

Address: 132 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 626-6000

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards

Address: 2537 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 624-1112

Stockyards Hotel

Address: 109 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Phone: (817) 625-6427

SpringHill Suites

Address: 2315 North Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 76164
Phone: (682) 255-5100



Where can I park and how much does it cost?

There is plenty of parking 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 bags are accepted?

No bags larger than 14”x14”x6” or that are hard-sided. 

If you’re a contestant a larger bag is accepted.

Are weapons permitted?

No weapons of any kind are permitted, including guns, mace, knives, sharp objects, bats, clubs, tasers, etc.

Are you having trouble with an online purchase?

Box Office

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm 

Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Sundays: 10:00am - 4:00pm 


• We recommend that you purchase tickets online and in advance, as the rodeo often sells out on the day of the event.   Get the AXS Mobile ID app  to purchase, view, use your tickets.

• Ticket prices will be the same price online as they are in person at the box office.   

• ALL ticket purchases are non-refundable, but may be exchanged depending on availability.  

• All seats are reserved seats.  You will have an assigned section, row, and seat number.  Please sit in your designated seat.

• Kids tickets are for ages 3 – 12 (APPLIES TO BRONZE STAR KID) 

• Kids under 3 are FREE, but must sit in a lap (unless you purchase a seat).

• Senior tickets are for ages 60+ (APPLIES TO BRONZE STAR SENIOR)

• SILVER SPUR, GOLD BUCKLE, VIP, EAST, AND WEST SUITES do not have kid or senior pricing.

• Military and First Responder discounts can be done applied in person at the box office.  Please show your military ID or badge to receive a discount on up to 4 BRONZE STAR ADULT tickets.

• Gift certificates must be presented at the window.  It is a good idea to call or email ahead of time to make sure seats are available for the night you wish to attend.

• To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen or voided tickets, guests should make their purchases through authorized outlets only. Cowtown Coliseum will not be responsible for validating tickets that were not purchased through an authorized outlet. CowtownColiseum.com and AXS.com are authorized outlets.


Are you having trouble with an online purchase?

1. Clear the cache on your browser or try a different browser

2. Try a different device (cell phone, tablet, different computer, AXS Mobile ID ap).

3. Contact AXS support for help with payment issues https://support.axs.com/hc/en-us

4. AXS Help Center phone number is 888-929-7849 (purchase issues, did not receive tickets etc.)

5. Contact your bank to troubleshoot transaction, online issues are often related to card processing or fraud alert issues.  Make sure you are using a credit card; debit cards may not work.

6. Buy in person at our box office


Lisa Ellis
Box Office Manager
Office: 817-625-1025 ext. 303
Email Lisa Ellis