May 23, 2024

Rodeo responds to Judge Nelson Wolff’s letter to postpone

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff had asked the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to hold off a little longer in a letter to the Rodeo commission. Rodeo officials gave the judge a reply that the event will go on as planned but on a smaller scale.

โ€œIn light of our current COVID situation, this past Saturday I shared with you my serious concerns regarding the rodeo and entertainment events to be held in the coliseum. I suggested that it would be best to postpone the rodeo for now,โ€ said Judge Wolff to chairwoman of San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Nancy Loeffler.

“I was hoping by this time we would be in much better shape than we currently are with respect to COVID-19,” Wolff wrote. “While we are having some success in bringing down the number of infections and people in the hospitals, local health officials remain concerned. It will take us several more weeks to control the spread of COVID-19 and to significantly bring down hospitalization.”

Wolff had broke down the statistics of nearly 1,400 people being infected on a daily basis and highlighted the concern about the recent discovery of the new variants in the U.S.. including Texas.
Wolff had also pointed out that the Rodeo Austin had cancelled their event next month and the Houston Rodeo has postponed their event. Wolff had even advised the rodeo team
“The decision to move forward is your decision; just realize the difficult situation you will face in enforcing compliance and the risk that doing so presents. If you continue with your event, I would encourage you to follow the guidance issued by our local public health officials to make the event as safe as possible for all attendees.”
Lauren Sides, the public relations manager for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo issued a statement in response to the county judge.

โ€œThe safety of our rodeo athletes, patrons and volunteers is of utmost importance to our sporting event that raises funds to help educate the youth of Texas. The precautionary measures we are implementing during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo not only adheres to, but also exceeds current local and state health guidelines.โ€

Sides even covered that the event will be utilizing thermal sensors, biodefense systems, air purifiers, deep cleaning using disinfectants, frequent sanitizing, pod seating during rodeo and entertainment shows and a cutback on how many vendors they’ll have. This includes the famous Shops at the Rodeo, which a rodeo ticket or approved credentials will be required to enter.
There will also be no fairgrounds or carnival rides this year at the rodeo.

โ€œThe health and safety of our community is of utmost importance, and we greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the community as we navigate these unprecedented times. We look forward to a successful Rodeo and livestock show in order to generate funds to educate future generations.โ€ said Cody Davenport, the Executive Director & CEO of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

The rodeo won’t be using the AT&T Center because the San Antonio Spurs will still occupy it for home games but will utilize the neighboring Freeman Coliseumย  for the PRCA Rodeo and entertainment from February 12th till February 27th.