Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to undergo ADA compliance review

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will conduct a compliance review of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to evaluate accessibility for disabled individuals who plan to attend the event, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced on Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, the investigation comes after complaints that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – including allegations of failing to provide accessible parking, seating and routes.

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According to the USAO-SDTX, the review will be conducted under Title III of the ADA, which prohibits private places of public accommodation to discriminate against individuals with disabilities.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo says they are "committed to providing an open and accessible event for everyone" and have "expressed our willingness to cooperate." Read the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's full statement:

"The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a family-friendly event, and we are committed to providing an open and accessible event for everyone. We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Justice and have expressed our willingness to cooperate. We are not aware of any specific ADA complaints, and are committed to meeting or exceeding ADA requirements. However, if any issues arise, the Rodeo will work with NRG Park to make any adjustments needed. In addition to ADA requirements, the Rodeo has many additional opportunities for our guests, including a Sensory Friendly Day on Friday, March 4, competitions and activities for special needs individuals, and services for the visually and hearing impaired. Visit rodeohouston.com/accommodations for more information on the Rodeo’s special accommodations."


The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began Monday after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19. It runs until March 20. According to the HLSR, the Rodeo has committed more than $550 million to Texas youth and education since it began in 1932.

The USAO-SDTX says their office is "committed to vigorously enforcing the ADA and welcomes public comments or complaints." Complaints or comments can be filed by contacting the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas at (713) 567-9140 or via email.