SCOTTSDALE – No event in “The West’s Most Western Town” can match the action at Rodeo Scottsdale. The rodeo is back for its 66th year, making it one of the oldest events in the city, along with the Parada Del Sol Parade. The rodeo takes place on March 7 through 10 at West World in North Scottsdale.
Rodeo Scottsdale is known as one of the biggest kickoff events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Last year, it drew 75 professional bull riders, which is about double what typical competing events see.
For all events combined, there will be about 700 contestants which will draw quite a crowd. The rodeo has even added an extra day on Thursday, March 7, just for bull riding to accommodate all the contestants.
Thousands of fans flock to Scottsdale each year to watch these cowboys from all over the country compete in a variety of rodeo events, including Bull Riding, Bronc’ Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping and Barrel Racing.
Rodeo Scottsdale will take you back in time to traditional rodeos, according to Rodeo General Manager Dave Alford.
“We keep it old school. The event you see today is nearly identical to what it was like in the 1950s. The only differences are the contestants and the location,” Alford said. “These Cowboys will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time.”
Rodeo Scottsdale is rich in tradition with roots all over the city.
The first event was actually held at the site where Scottsdale Fashion Square sits now. In past years it has also been held at the Rawhide in North Scottsdale, which has since moved to Chandler, and at a facility that was once located across the parking lot from Scottsdale Stadium.
The West World venue has been the home to Rodeo Scottsdale since 2000, which was renovated by the City of Scottsdale in 2015, making it one of the premier equestrian venues in the western United States.
The event runs for four days, with music performances and dancing held on site at West World for the first three nights.
A ticket to the rodeo also gets attendees into the evening events featuring Luke Kauffman, Rockin Robbie Hodges, and J.W. Alford The Voice’s Austin Allsup, Kianna Martinez and The Scooter Brown Band.
Times for the rodeo events are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. until finished on Sunday.
General Admission is $18 and $5 for children under the age of 12. Reserved box seats for all ages are $45 and reserved corner seats for all ages are $25. Tickets can be purchased online.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit ScottsdaleRodeo.com or call 480-990-3179.
Parada Del Sol Rodeo is Rodeo Scottsdale, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo. Starting in 1953, it takes place in March of each year at the Equestrian Center in WestWorld Scottsdale, located at 16601 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Parada Del Sol is a nonprofit corporation.