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Reno Rodeo planning on full capacity for its annual event in June

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Barrel racer Tammy Fischer competes at the Reno Rodeo. (James Crawshaw/Reno Rodeo)

The Reno Rodeo said Monday it is committed to holding its annual event at full capacity this year.

The rodeo, which runs June 17-26 at the Livestock Events Center, made its announcement after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s said last week his goal is to have every county in the state reopen to 100 percent capacity by the start of June. The rodeo said it has had productive meetings with City of Reno and Washoe County officials.

“We remain fully committed to holding a safe rodeo, first and foremost,” Reno Rodeo general manager George Combs said in a news release. “We have all been hard at work planning for the 2021 rodeo with some uncertainty around social distancing requirements. With these recent developments, we are confident that we can put on a safe event at full capacity while providing fans the exhilarating experience the Reno Rodeo is known for.”

The 2020 Reno Rodeo was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its first cancelation since 1944 due to World War II.

In the coming weeks, Reno Rodeo officials will be formalizing health and safety guidelines for staff, volunteers, competitors and attendees, including any mask mandates that may be in effect. More details about onsite policies and updates will be announced at a later date.

The Reno Rodeo is the longest-running annual professional sports event in the area. The nationally televised event is one of the top-five regular-season rodeos in prize money sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and has an annual economic impact on the region of more than $50 million.

“We’re grateful to the city, county and state officials who recognize that the Reno Rodeo -- like our region’s many signature events -- is an important part of the fabric of our community,” Combs said. “We feel a great deal of responsibility being the first major event out of the gate in 2021, but we’re also incredibly proud and excited to be able to give folks something to look forward to and we know we won’t disappoint them.”

The event will be held at the Livestock Events Center, which is currently being used as Washoe County's largest COVID-19 vaccination site.

Fans can purchase tickets at the Lawlor Events Center ticket office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with no handling charge or service fee or on with service and handling fees.

All tickets for the 2021 Reno Rodeo will be digital to ensure entry. Once purchased, mobile tickets will be available for download on May 1.

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