Tickets for the 2023 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) went on sale Tuesday, September 13.
The new season of the stock show will start on January 13, 2023, and run through February 4. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the Dickies Arena box office.
This year’s show lineup includes over two dozen rodeo experiences. Some of the more popular events include Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, Best of Mexico Celebración, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Bulls’ Night Out Xtreme Bull Riding, Texas Champions Challenge Rodeo, and the FWSSR PRO RODEO Tournament.
Those interested in attending the Stock Show’s Mustang Magic performances in the Will Rogers Coliseum can purchase tickets starting September 13.
The 23-day celebration will include rodeos, live music, horse shows, amusement park rides, a carnival midway, livestock exhibitions, and other happenings on the Will Rogers Memorial Center grounds.
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo have been a part of the city’s history since 1896. Originally, the event was held on the banks of Marine Creek and featured purebred cattle, such as Shorthorns and Herefords. Two years later, vendors began exhibiting products at the stock show.
A highlight of the FWSSR is the Northside Coliseum, which was built in 1907 and opened as “the most opulent and dynamic livestock pavilion in the entire Western Hemisphere” in 1908. In 1925, the first automobile exhibit was featured at the stock show, and in 1932 the stock show aired live on WBAP.
In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the FWSSR; before then, the stock show had only been canceled once, in 1943, because of World War II.
In 1953, the FWSSR was televised for the first time nationally on NBC. That year, guest stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans served as hosts on NBC-TV with George “Gabby” Hayes and the Sons of the Pioneers.
More recently, in 2020, the Dickies Arena — adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus — became home to the FWSSR. For more tickets and information on the stock show, visit fwssr.com.