San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, USA is one of the largest livestock shows and rodeos in the country. Started in 1950,[1] the annual event takes place over three weeks in February.[2] The rodeo's permanent home was the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum until 2003 when its primary events moved into the AT&T Center.

Since its inception the Stock Show & Rodeo has grown and developed over the years. In 1984 the Rodeo began a scholarship program for students interested in pursuing agricultural degrees. Since then the association has committed over $64 million through scholarships, grants, endowments, cattle auctions and other means. In 2003, with the addition of the AT&T Center, the adjacent Freeman Coliseum became available to add on-site access for retailers to sell western wear, furniture and other items during the annual rodeo. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos in the nation. In 2003 it received special recognition by the PRCA Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame. Attendance at the 56th Annual (2005) Rodeo reached 1.1 million, about $500,000 in prizes are awarded to winning rodeo participants and the grand champion steer was auctioned off for over $110,000. After the rodeo events, there is a concert given by various popular artists, mostly from the country-western genre.

Production of the event requires over 4,000 volunteers[3] and the NBA Spurs and AHL Rampage to play an extended away game schedule.[4]

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Coordinates: 29°25′37″N 98°26′24″W / 29.427°N 98.440°W / 29.427; -98.440