HOUSTON - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been cut short because of Coronavirus COVID-19.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and local health officials made the announcement at a joint conference Wednesday afternoon.
It's the first time in HLSR history that it has been shut down after opening 88 years ago.
Ticket holders have the following options:
Season ticket holders can donate the balance of their 2020 Season Tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. They can rollover their balance to the 2021 season. Or, a refund can be requested and will be completed by April 30. An email will be sent, season ticket holders must respond by April 3, or the balance will automatically rollover.
Individual ticket holders can also donate their tickets, or request a refund to be completed by April 30. An email will be sent to choose an option.
If you purchased tickets through a secondary ticket provider, such as VividSeats, StubHub, Seat Geek or Ticketmaster, please contact those sites directly for refund information.
Unused Carnival Tickets, Half-Price Carnival Packs, and Food Cards may be used during the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, or they may be refunded. Refunds will be available next week.
For further details, visit the Rodeo Houston website.
If tickets were purchased through StubHub, you will receive a refund. The company's website states:
Like all of us here at StubHub, I know that you are a fan of live experiences, whether it be sports, concerts, theatre or comedy. The current state of affairs – specifically the evolving situation due to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) – has likely led to questions about what happens if an event gets canceled or postponed. I want to assure you that StubHub’s FanProtect Guarantee protects every purchase – the ticket you’ve purchased on our site will get you into the event or your money back. And StubHub’s award-winning customer service is on standby to help with any issues or concerns.
Currently, more than 2,300 students are on Rodeo scholarships, attending more than 80 different Texas colleges and universities. The value of these scholarships is more than $50 million.
Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began presenting scholarships in 1957, it has exceeded $500 million in its total commitment to support Texas youth and educational programs. This year it was committing more than $27 million. The Rodeo has presented more than 19,000 scholarships since the first scholarship was awarded.