Guest Services

Gates & Grounds

Entrance Gate Security Measures

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo security procedures include, but are not limited to, performing body wand and bag checks at several NRG Park entrance gates, and random bag checks at all NRG Stadium gates. The Rodeo does not have a clear bag policy on the grounds or in NRG Stadium. (Small purses/backpacks for personal items are allowed.) Baby strollers/wagons are allowed. In NRG Stadium, there are “parking areas” in all four corners of NRG Stadium for strollers and wagons.

Patrons should allow additional time to enter the grounds, as these security measures may be in place as they arrive at the event.

This information is posted at all gates and park-and-ride locations:

All patrons are subject to wand and bag check screening at entrance gates.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • air horns
  • alcohol
  • banners bearing advertisements
  • banners judged to be in poor taste or offensive
  • beach balls
  • firearms
  • fireworks
  • flag poles
  • footballs
  • Frisbee® and other sports discs
  • hover boards
  • laser pointers
  • professional camera equipment (photography lenses over 3 inches in length)
  • selfie sticks
  • weapons
  • whistles

Audio recording is not allowed in NRG Stadium.

Video recording is not allowed in the stadium during RODEOHOUSTON®.

Open Carry

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, in an effort to provide a safe environment and promote a family-friendly atmosphere at the city’s iconic entertainment event, will prohibit concealed and open carry of firearms by private citizens at the Rodeo.

Remotely Controlled Devices

NRG Park bans the use of all remotely controlled devices such as aircraft, cars, etc.

  • No remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices are authorized to operate on, above or below NRG Park property at any time without the express written consent of SMG, Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation or the proper law enforcement authority.
  • This procedure includes, but is not limited to unmanned aircraft systems, radio controlled model aircraft, other devices that can be operated in airspace and remote controlled cars/ground vehicles.
  • Possession or operation of such remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices without prior written consent will result in the confiscation of all related materials, removal from NRG Park property, and/or a response from law enforcement authority.
  • NRG Park will notify the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and/ or any other law enforcement authority deemed necessary of any incidents involving airborne aircraft or any other unauthorized remote controlled ground based vehicles.
  • Events requiring the use of any such prohibited items listed above must receive a prior written notification of approval from SMG, HCSCC or the proper law enforcement authority. Any and all entities requesting to utilize a remotely controlled device must sign the appropriate documentation prior to bringing any such equipment on to, above or below NRG Park property.

What can't I bring into the stadium?

 The Rodeo does not have a clear bag policy on the grounds or in NRG Stadium. (Small purses/backpacks for personal items are allowed.) Baby strollers/wagons are allowed. In NRG Stadium, there are “parking areas” in all four corners of NRG Stadium for strollers and wagons.

The safety of everyone is paramount for Rodeo patrons to enjoy a fun atmosphere. Please note that all personal belongings (such as purses, camera cases, back packs, strollers, etc.) are subject to search at any given time on the Rodeo grounds by Show officials and/or law enforcement officers for security reasons. Anyone refusing to be searched will not be allowed on the Rodeo grounds. Video taping is not allowed within NRG Stadium. Alcoholic beverages, including those purchased elsewhere at NRG Park, are not allowed to be brought into NRG Stadium.

For the safety concerns of patrons, NRG Park may refuse entry of individuals in possession of prohibited items including, but not limited to:

  • all weapons and firearms,
  • all handguns,
  • air horns,
  • video recorders,
  • audio recorders,
  • professional camera equipment,
  • photography lenses over 3” in length,
  • whistles,
  • noisemakers,
  • sealed packages of any kind,
  • bottles,
  • cans,
  • coolers,
  • containers,
  • fireworks,
  • Frisbees,
  • inflatable objects (beach balls, swim equipment, etc.),
  • illegal substances,
  • laser pointers/pens,
  • outside food or beverage (Exceptions are made for medical reasons and children),
  • remote controlled cars,
  • Skateboards,
  • Hoverboards,
  • UAVs,
  • Drones,
  • binocular cases and
  • camera cases.

This list is in no way exhaustive, and other items may be prohibited at the sole discretion of NRG Stadium Management.

Gates to NRG Stadium open 45 minutes before the start of the Rodeo performance.

General Information

NRG Park Opening Times

The grounds open at 8 a.m. daily. 

Concert Times

The star entertainers start performing after the last rodeo event is complete each evening and the stage is set. Actual start times for the concert vary day to day due to the varying number of rodeo competitors and other production elements.

  • Weekday performances start at 6:45 p.m. with the entertainer taking the stage at approximately 9 p.m.
  • Weekend performances start at 3:45 p.m. with the entertainer taking the stage at approximately 6 p.m.

General Store

Stop by the General Store, located at the entrance to Hall D for your last minute needs while on the Show grounds. The store carries medicines, baby items, rain gear, sunscreen and other convenience items. The General Store is run by the Commercial Exhibits Committee.

Information Booths

Copies of the Visitors Guide, containing daily Rodeo schedules, maps and general information, can be obtained at the Rodeo’s information booths and stand-alone positions. The booths are located throughout the complex. A member of the Directions & Assistance Committee in a teal vest can provide assistance.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is currently closed until further notice. 

Patrons can report missing items and return found items at the Rodeo’s lost-and-found area, located in NRG Center, room 102B. All items will be kept in that office throughout the Rodeo. For items lost or found in NRG Stadium, please check with any of the six guest services booths on the day the item is lost, or check with the Rodeo’s lost-and-found area in NRG Center after 10 a.m. the following day.

Recycling Program

Largely through the work of the Rodeo’s Recycling Committee, products from Show grounds are kept out of landfills and turned into reusable products. All Show patrons can contribute to this program by using the specially-marked containers for products which can be recycled.

School Tours

The Rodeo's school tours program offers complimentary tickets to those scheduling group tours. The tours take place in AGVENTURE, which hosts a variety of livestock and activities focused on children of all ages. The tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Nov. 2 the year before the next Rodeo.

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Cashless & Electronic Delivery and Ordering

Some concession stands in NRG Center and NRG Arena, and the majority of the stands in NRG Stadium, are cashless. All transactions in the Champion Wine Garden are cashless.

Electronic ordering will be available for food orders, in select areas, inside NRG Stadium.

Electronic delivery of RODEOHOUSTON tickets is available through AXS, the Rodeo’s ticket provider. Electronic purchase/delivery of Rodeo carnival tickets is available.

Health & Safety

Automated External Difibrillators

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located in the following areas of NRG Stadium:

  • Field Level – Sections 112 and 133
  • Lower Suite Level – East and West VIP elevator lobbies
  • Club Level – Next to guest services booths (northwest and southeast corners)
  • Upper Suite Level – East and West VIP elevator lobbies
  • Upper Concourse – Sections 517 and 543
  • Press Box Elevator Lobby

Additionally, AEDs are located on the first and second levels of NRG Center. Professional medical emergency personnel are available during Rodeo operating hours to help with AED use and to handle major and minor medical needs and emergencies.

First Aid

Professional medical emergency personnel are available during Rodeo operating hours to handle major and minor medical needs and emergencies. Several first aid stations are located throughout the Rodeo grounds and are staffed by volunteer emergency medical technicians, paramedics and registered nurses.

Locations

  • NRG Center Room 109 and Hall C Lobby
  • NRG Arena Lobby
  • Southeast entrance of NRG Stadium
  • Carnival Midway

Handwashing & Hand Sanitizing

Handwashing and hand sanitizing stations are located through NRG Park.

Health & Medical Resources Available Onsite

Among its 35,000-member volunteer corps, Rodeo is fortunate to have three committees specifically engaged in health and safety. While each of these committees has its own unique function, they all provide medical support on the Rodeo grounds. There are over 1,200 volunteers, mostly comprised of healthcare professionals and first responders, across these committees. As experts in their fields, they will be available to educate their specific audiences in best practices for health and safety while on Rodeo grounds.

  • Health
    The Health Committee is comprised of licensed physicians, dentists and registered nurses who staff a primary care health clinic to provide health services to maintain the well-being of junior and professional exhibitors, vendors, and volunteers.
  • Medical and Safety
    This committee is responsible for providing medical care for Show guests and assisting in crowd control. Members also serve as a liaison between the Show and the Houston Fire Department, and assist in management and operation of various first aid stations and mobile units.
  • RODEOHOUSTON® Sports Medicine
    This committee consists of a team of specialized medical professionals responsible for the treatment, health, and well-being of RODEOHOUSTON athletes.

Special Accomodations

Special Accommodations

All facilities located on the Rodeo grounds can easily accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Special ramps, restrooms and water fountains are located in all buildings.

Assistance for the Hearing Impaired in NRG Stadium

All seats in NRG Stadium meet ADA requirements for the hearing impaired and have a view of reader boards that provide a description of all action, as well as the song lyrics during the concert (when possible). Visual information also is provided by various displays in the stadium bowl and includes scores, times for timed events and contestant statistics. The Rodeo installs eight video screens in the center of NRG Stadium, freeing up the large end zone boards for additional graphic displays.

For both the hearing and visually impaired, a selection of seats is available for purchase in NRG Stadium. Please contact the Rodeo’s Ticket Office at 832.667.1080 for further information.

Real-time captioning of announcer’s spoken words and song lyrics during concerts will be available throughout the run of the Show.

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Assistance for the Visually Impaired in NRG Stadium

Play-by-play descriptions of Rodeo events during select RODEOHOUSTON performances are provided on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Wheelchair Accessible Parking

Accessible and handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations TBD

Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to rent during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. These devices may be rented ahead of time online, or on the grounds during the Show. A form of ID will be held as collateral for the device.


Booth Locations

  • At the ticketed entrance near Holly Hall
  • Southeast corner NRG Stadium (across from Amegy Bank Gate)

Booth Hours

  • Daily: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Reservations

Family Rooms

  • Nursing
  • Changing
  • Quiet Rooms

Family Rooms offer privacy and a quiet atmosphere. The facilities are climate controlled and located in the lobby of the first floor of NRG Center on the east end and inside Hall E of NRG Center near the restrooms. Family Rooms are also located outside in between NRG Stadium and NRG Astrodome, as well as a location at the exit of Fun on the Farm.

Sensory Friendly Experience

Friday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Rodeo will host a Sensory Friendly Experience on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in select areas of the carnival to promote an accommodating and positive experience for all Rodeo guests with sensory sensitivities or challenges. During this time, there will be minimal lights and sounds permitted in the carnival.

Lil’ Rustlers

March 8, 9 & 14 – 5 p.m.
The Lil’ Rustlers Rodeo puts 4 to 10 year old special needs children in the middle of the action as they compete in the Main Arena of NRG Center. This lively, fun event occurs on three nights with nearly 60 participants each night. Little bull riders, steer ropers and barrel racers let their imaginations run wild as they live out cowboy dreams with fun and safe critters, assisted by real cowboys and cowgirls.

Top Hands Horse Show

Feb. 18 – 19, 2022
Riders of all ages and skill levels from therapeutic riding facilities from Houston and the surrounding areas are offered the opportunity to participate in this competitive horse show. It consists of classes in showmanship at halter, English equitation, Western equitation, trail-obstacle, pole bending and barrel racing. The competition includes divisions based on the assistance needed by the rider, enabling a variety of riders with different levels of disabilities to participate.

Day Tours

The Special Children’s Committee hosts tours for more than 1,500 special needs individuals. These groups, which are primarily from schools, have the opportunity to tour AGVENTURE, see the pig races, spend the day at Fun on the Farm, and more.

Performance Nights

Each year, approximately 3,000 special-needs children and adults watch the Rodeo competition over a three-night period.


For questions regarding special accommodations at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, email questions@rodeohouston.com.