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What you need to know before buying your Rodeo Houston tickets today

HOUSTON – The big day for rodeo fans is here. Tickets for the 2020 Houston Rodeo go on sale Thursday morning.

The highly anticipated lineup -- excluding three Friday performances -- features 17 performers, including Gwen Stefani, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton and Khalid.

The Friday night acts will be announced on Feb. 4, and the ticket sales will follow.

Here’s what you need to know:

Buying tickets

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 on AXS.

In order to purchase a ticket, people will need to have set up their AXS account ahead of time. Once it is set up, customers can find the show they want to see and join the online waiting room starting at 9:30 a.m. to get a closer place in the virtual queue.

According to the rodeo’s president and CEO, Joel Cowley, the waiting room is a new feature to help lighten the load on the servers and give people a better chance of getting the tickets they want.

“If someone is wanting tickets to one of the high demand shows, or conversely, one of the shows that isn’t selling quite as well, they’re not competing against the same consumer who’s looking for a high demand show,” Cowley said.

It is also recommended that people look up the rodeo seating map ahead of time so they already know where they want to sit.

Friday night tickets for the Hip Hop/ R&B, Hip Hop/Pop and EDM performances will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 6.

Weekday performances are anticipated to start at 8:45 p.m. Performances on Saturday and Sunday will start at approximately 5:45 p.m. Based on past seasons, entertainers will have 60- to 90-minute performances.

Rodeo competitions will start at 6:45 p.m. weekdays and 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Gates at NRG Stadium will open at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Carnival

Don’t worry about the lines at the ticket booths to pick up or buy carnival packs this year.

Attendees can use the Rodeo Carnival App to add pre-purchased carnival packs, buy and transfer tickets. The app is available for download on iOS and Android.

Charging stations and additional WiFi will be available throughout the carnival area, according to HLSR. Guests who prefer a physical pack can exchange their digital tickets for a paper version at the main entrances.

Half-price carnival tickets are available for purchase online until Feb. 29.

Houston Life speaks with Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo about this year’s big event


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