San Diego Rodeo at Petco Park: Details & Recap

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Will there be a rodeo at Petco Park in 2025? Stay tuned.

2024 Rodeo Recap

The inaugural San Diego Rodeo at Petco Park, brought to you by your hometown San Diego Padres, along with the C5 Rodeo Company and Outriders Present, was a success. At least from a ticket/attendance standpoint.

San Diego Magazine (link) writes: “San Diego Rodeo Debuts at Petco Park Amid Protests:
Despite activists’ attempts to shut the event down, performers saddled up for the park’s first event of its kind…The streets are teeming with pick-up trucks and the energy is high. For the stadium, this is in fact its first rodeo—and the first one to take place within San Diego city limits since the 1980s. The day’s competitions include steer wrestling, team roping, bareback riding, and more—all of which are extremely brief. In breakaway roping, some contestants rope their calf in under two seconds. Blink and you might miss it. The bull and bronc riders are judged on their eight-second performances, if they can last that long. Barrel racing clocks in as one of the longer events, where a horse and rider run a cloverleaf pattern around three obstacles. Fan favorite and 68-year-old Sue Smith wows the crowd with a 14.89 second time. But not everyone is excited for the festivities. Along Park Boulevard, a dozen or so protesters hold handmade signs that read “Rodeos Hurt Animals” and “Real Men Are Kind.” A woman with spikey blonde hair and a scarf that says “Vegan AF” confronts the line of ticket-holders. She asks over a loudspeaker why they want to watch “animals abused by a bunch of wannabe cowboys.”

Rodeo Daily (Sports Illustrated) (link) writes: “Rodeo fans and newcomers filled the San Diego Padres Stadium over the weekend as cowboys, dirt, and some of the rankest livestock took over the baseball diamond. A precedent was set in the Golden State over the weekend, namely, that Californians are welcoming to more of their Western heritage. ‘Animal rights’ activists had called for the San Diego rodeo to be put to a halt; however, they did not succeed. The inaugural three-day rodeo kicked off with sold-out crowds ahead of each performance.”

Cowgirl Magazine (link) writes: “Recap Of San Diego Petco Park First Ever Rodeo…This week brought an exhilarating rodeo experience to Petco Park in San Diego, California, attracting top contestants from across the nation. The rodeo consisted of three overall performances as the third performance featured eight of the top money earners from the initial two rounds, leading into the Shoot Out round with the final four contestants. And the coolest part- Petco Park’s first-ever rodeo drew a full-house on Saturday evening.”

Dates: Friday, January 12, 2024 to Sunday, January 14, 2024.

Details: Three days of top cowboys doing their thing. It’s an authentic rodeo at San Diego Padres stadium in downtown San Diego. Notable cowboys scheduled to participate include Stetson Wright and Rocker Steiner, two incredible cowboys with incredible cowboy names that sound almost made up. It’s a competition and the prize is over half a million dollars: $620,000 to be exact.

Tickets: Rodeo tickets went on-sale to the general public September 18.

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Family Friendly?

Yes! Well, depends on the family. But in general yes!

The three-day family-friendly event will feature 12 contestants in each Rodeo event. View Rodeo Schedule to see the latest information so far.

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Food & Drink

Select concessions will be available for purchase each day of the event. No outside food or beverages are allowed in. No water bottles.


Always a good idea to read the Petco Park Parking Guide.

Rodeo Layout and Seating Chart

The infield baseball diamond will become the arena. Sections 101-116 will have the closest view of the action. Behind the infield on the 3rd base side are on-field suites. Behind 1st base is the VIP area. The Warm Up area is in left field in fron of the bullpen and sections 126-134 (even).

Rodeos in San Diego

While this is Petco Park’s first rodeo in its nearly 20 year history, San Diego is no stranger to hosting rodeos. Poway is hosting its 50th annual rodeo this year and Ramona held its 42nd annual event in August, a world-class PRCA rodeo. In East County, the Lakeside Rodeo features barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping competitions and more.

Protests and Opposition

Many animal advocates have organized asking the mayor and event organizers to cancel the rodeo, most recently filing a lawsuit.

About C5 Rodeo Company

Providing services to events at over 40 locations worldwide, C5 Rodeo Co. is recognized in the world of rodeo for their innovative approach to rodeo production and award-winning world-class stock. Home to one of the largest bucking horse suppliers in North America, C5 Rodeo operates out of Lac La Biche, Alberta and Helena, Montana, which span just over 12,000 acres combined.

About Outriders Present

Outriders Presents produces rodeo and independent country music events across Montana and California, with one such upcoming Southern California show including Wild Horses Festival with Zach Bryan, Trampled By Turtles and more at Petco Park on December 30.

Other 2024 Events

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