Taking the bull by the horns

Fort Worth Rodeo climbs back in the saddle for return to Dickies Arena in 2022

Fort Worth Rodeo climbs back in the saddle for return to Dickies Arena

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo 2020, Dickies Arena, barrel racing
The rodeo comes barreling back in 2022. Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

The Fort Worth Rodeo's not sitting out another year. After COVID bucked the entire Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo off the calendar last year, the legendary annual event will be back, in person, January 14 through February 5, 2022.

Rodeo tickets go on sale at 10 am Monday, September 13 online, by phone, or in person through the Dickies Arena Box Office.

“Stock Show Rodeo is a Fort Worth tradition and we're working hard to take the fan experience in Dickies Arena to new heights and make sure it stays a tradition for everyone regardless if they've lived here their entire life or just moved to our great city,” said Stock Show president and general manager, Bradford S. Barnes, in a statement. 

Special events for 2022 include:

  • Best of the West Ranch Rodeo
  • Best of Mexico Celebración
  • Cowboys of Color Rodeo
  • Bulls Night Out Xtreme Bull Riding
  • Texas Champions Challenge
  • PRORODEO Tournament featuring the sport’s most elite professional cowboys and cowgirls battling in eight exciting events for more than $1 million

Tickets will be available online at www.fwssr.com/tickets, by calling 817-877-2420, or visiting the Dickies Arena Box Office at 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. (Note that while the Dickies Arena Box Office will be open on Monday, September 13 for the launch of rodeo ticket sales, its normal schedule is 10 am-6 pm Tuesday through Friday.)

As usual, next year's FWSSR also will include livestock and horse shows, carnival midway, shopping, music, and more.

The Stock Show & Rodeo is the biggest annual event on the Fort Worth calendar, featuring daily rodeos, animal shows, livestock auctions, a midway with carnival games and fair food, and multiple concerts. The event moved to Dickies Arena for the first time in 2020 after many years at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

According to a Stock Show spokesperson, last year was only the second cancellation in the history of the event, which has been taking place since 1896. The previous cancellation occurred in 1943 at the height of World War II.

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Alex Bentley contributed to this story.

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