UPDATE: On Tuesday afternoon organizers for the ABC Pro Rodeo announced they will hold the 78th annual rodeo at the Mallet Event Center in Levelland.
In making the announcement, 2020 Chairwoman Leslie Cox said the decision was made to hold it in Levelland while they wait for the proposed Lubbock County Expo Center to be constructed, and left open the possibility to hold future rodeos in Levelland if needed. “We took this very seriously,” said Cox. “We studied and research this to make sure we had the best feasible location for us for 2020 and if possible the year after or just until the Expo is built.”
The arena at the Mallet Event Center seats approximately 2,000 spectators, and while Cox acknowledges the capacity would be smaller, she promises the rodeo will not change.
“We knew that seating was not going to be what it was at the coliseum, but we knew no matter where we went around the area would be," Cox said, promising the 2020 rodeo would be just as successful as previous events.
The rodeo will be held April 2-4.
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Per a news release, ABC Pro Rodeo will announce their temporary location during a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The organization has called the coliseum on the campus of Texas Tech home for 63 years, but that building is history.
The location of next year’s rodeo will not be released until tomorrow, so KCBD took to Facebook to see where our viewers think it will be held.
Some said the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, more said the South Plains Fair Park Coliseum and even more said the Mallet Event Center and Arena in Levelland.
The Mallet Event Center has not got back to us, a representative from the South Plains Fair said there has been no talk between them and ABC Pro Rodeo, and the Texas Tech Equestrian Center said they have no comment at this time.
The ABC Pro Rodeo has a history of 77 years. A representative of the organization said they are excited to announce that the show will go on, even without a current permanent location.
At the press conference tomorrow, ABC Pro Rodeo will also make a donation to the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club for the 77th consecutive year.