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Reno Rodeo, anticipating a 2021 return, puts tickets on sale starting today

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The Reno Rodeo is planning on having a 2021 event. (Sky Vision)

The Reno Rodeo, which is anticipating a return this summer after last year's event was canceled due to COVID-19, put tickets on sale Monday starting at 10 a.m.

The self-titled “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” is scheduled to be held June 17-26, pending potential COVID-19 restrictions, the event said.

“After an incredibly difficult year we are optimistic that we will be able to bring ‘the toughest sport on dirt’ back to the Biggest Little City and are grateful for the support from our rodeo family and community,” Reno Rodeo general manager George Combs said. “While this year’s rodeo may look a little different, we know it will still deliver the exhilarating experience the Reno Rodeo is known for.”

Those who want to purchase advance tickets have two options: (1) at, which includes service and handling fees, or (2) in-person at the Lawlor Events Center ticket office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. without a handling or service fee. For those buying tickets in person, masks, social distancing and capacity limitations will be required in accordance with local mandates.

The Reno Rodeo also is moving to mobile ticketing. All tickets for the 2021 Reno Rodeo will be digital to ensure entry to the rodeo grounds is easy and safe for fans and volunteers. Once purchased, mobile tickets will be available for download May 1, 2021.

The Reno Rodeo is one of the premier stops on the Pro Rodeo Tour with 10 days of rodeo competition. It begins June 17 with the Cattle Drive arriving at the rodeo grounds in the afternoon before the PRCA Xtreme Bulls take the arena for one night of pro bull riding.

The first of nine pro rodeo performances begins June 18 with PRCA events including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, women's professional barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling and tie-down roping. The 2020 Reno Rodeo was canceled due to the pandemic, marking the first year since 1944 the rodeo hadn't take place. It was canceled that year because of World War II.

Current COVID-19 state restrictions limit gatherings to 20 percent of venues with fixed seating of at least 2,500 fans, although the hope is improved COVID-19 metrics could lead to a more robust crowd when the rodeo is held this summer.

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