Posted in 2024 in San Diego Rodeo
Posted in 2024 in San Diego Rodeo
Will there be a rodeo at Petco Park in 2025? Stay tuned.
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.”
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.
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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