ABC Pro Rodeo will go on, even with plans to demolish coliseum

ABC Pro Rodeo will go on

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Last weekend was the last wild ride for the ABC Pro Rodeo in the municipal coliseum. Now that the building is expected to be demolished soon, visitors have been wondering if that was the final rodeo.

But the chairman of the ABC Pro Rodeo says that’s not the case.

“It’s going to be a challenge to move. It’s been super emotional and we got to close it out with a bang. We’re really excited at the opportunity to do it, but this is the first time the rodeos had to move,” Rodeo Chairman Ray Short said.

The plan is to permanently have a home for the rodeo in 2021 when and if the Lubbock County Expo Center opens, but right now there’s nothing set for the 2020 event. Although that doesn’t mean there won’t be a rodeo at all.

Scott Peterson and Ray Short are ABC Pro Rodeo members and have chaired this rodeo. They say they were surprised when they heard rumors that the rodeo is ending when that’s not the case.

Short and Peterson say ABC Pro Rodeo has gotten multiple offers to hold the 2020 rodeo in different venues such as at the TTU Equestrian Center or at McKenzie Park. The two say even if its not in the largest location, they want to assure people that this is not their last ride. “There will be a rodeo. Under no circumstances would we not have a rodeo next year,” Peterson said.

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