RodeoHouston sets attendance record

Record crowds paid to see the nearly 3 week event

Published On: Mar 19 2012 07:33:34 AM CDT
Alan Jackson
HOUSTON -

For nearly three weeks, a record number of people paid to visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Country legend Alan Jackson closed out the rodeo on Sunday. Approximately 61,175 fans filled Reliant Stadium.

Some people were stunned to see him without his familiar mustache.

Jackson, along with George Strait and Reba McEntire, are part of the rodeo's Hall of Fame for playing to more than a million people at the rodeo.

The HLSR also broke another important record. The paid attendance for the 20-day event was 1,283,419, which breaks the record set in 2010 of 1,264,074.

Jason Aldean helped with his record breaking performance on Thursday, with 74,905 fans. The previous record was set just four days earlier during Go Tejano Day with 74,588.

Total attendance numbers are expected to be released later this week.