Planning is well underway for a safe and healthy 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Our 35,000-plus volunteers are gearing up to welcome Rodeo fans back to NRG Park to participate in our community-wide celebration of Western heritage, scheduled for March 2 – March 21.

As we plan for Rodeo 2021, we are also evaluating several event options and proactively preparing for multiple scenarios. Above all, the health and safety of our community, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners and staff remains our top priority. The Rodeo and NRG Park are considering multiple health and safety measures for the 2021 Rodeo, which will be posted once finalized.

While planning, we are taking a multi-pronged approach that includes task forces, collaborating with Houston area venues and sports teams, evaluating community feedback, and working closely with medical experts and local officials, as well as community stakeholders on planning the 2021 Rodeo.

Established Multiple Task Forces

Since June, Rodeo staff and volunteers have been working on several task forces regarding 2021 planning. In particular, the Health and Well-Being Task Force has been focused on developing, reviewing and recommending Rodeo policies and procedures related to the health and wellness of our community, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners, athletes and staff. Members include local health officials, medical and veterinary experts, NRG Park and Rodeo leadership, among others.

Work With Medical Experts and Local Officials

We have been working closely with medical experts and local officials on planning the 2021 Rodeo, to ensure we are following best practices for a safe and healthy event.

Engage Community Stakeholders

We will also engage a group of key community stakeholders, with representation from the public and private sector, and local community leaders across multiple industries, to garner their input and perspectives on key issues that could impact the 2021 Rodeo.

Collaborate with Local Sports Teams and Venues

  • Participating in Houston Clean allows us to collaborate with local sports teams, venues, special events and management groups to suggest health and safety guidelines for each of these groups.

  • Leveraging NRG Park and the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation’s partnership with CAA ICON, the industry-leading strategic consulting firm for sports and entertainment facility owners and operations, professional franchise and leagues. CAA ICON reviewed NRG Park's reopening plan and evaluated best practices across 50 leagues and venues. As other venues reopen, we – along with CAA ICON and NRG Park – will continue to monitor, evaluate, update and implement best practices.

Solicit Community Feedback

Through Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation and NRG Park, CAA ICON distributed a survey to fans and ticket buyers with more than 6,600 responses, with 4,400 of those from Rodeo fans. Additionally, a survey was sent to NRG Park employees. These survey results, coupled with our continued partnership with medical experts and local officials, will help influence and guide the health and safety measures for the 2021 Rodeo.

#StaySafeForRodeo Pledge

Together, we can work toward a safe and healthy Rodeo in 2021. Our #StaySafeForRodeo Pledge encourages the community to do their part: wear a mask, continue to social distance, and follow local, state and national health officials’ guidelines.

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