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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between Stampede & Nightly?

The Cody Stampede is a PRCA rodeo held annually on June 30th-July 4th. The Cody Nite Rodeo is every remaining day June-August. Both are held at the Stampede Park and governed by the Cody Stampede Board of Directors.

What time does Stampede Park open?

The gates and ticket windows open at 7PM nighty for the Cody Nite Rodeo. During the Stampede gates the gates will open two hours prior to scheduled start times.

Is there handicap seating available?

Yes, Stampede Park offers ADA seating. For all general admission tickets a special ticket isn't necessary, just simply sit within that section. For all reserved evenings, please call our office at 307-587-5155 and we will process tickets for you.

Why can't I choose a date for the Cody Nite Rodeo?

All Cody Nite Rodeo tickets are usable any night the holder chooses to attend. Tickets for the CNR are not date specific. Cody Nite Rodeo tickets are not valid during the Cody Stampede Rodeo.

I have a 6 and under. Do they need a ticket?

Children for the Cody Nite Rodeo do not need a ticket for entry. Children 2 and under are free for the Cody Stampede.

Is there group discounts?

There are group rates available for parties of 10 or more (Cody Nite Rodeo Only). These rates can only be processed in person at the ticket window, our downtown business office, or over the phone. They cannot be purchased online.

Can I bring my pet in?

Pets are not allowed in Stampede Park with the exception of registered service animals. Please plan accordingly with this policy and do not leave animals in your vehicle.

Does the rodeo sell out?

The Cody Nite Rodeo DOES NOT sell out of tickets and seating. The Cody Stampede/Xtreme Bulls DOES sell out! Please be sure to purchase tickets in advance.

Why can't I choose my specific seat?

The Cody Nite Rodeo is general admission. Both the grandstand and buzzard roost is available to find seats.

The Cody Stampede is general admission in the Grandstand July 1st-3rd. The Xtreme Bulls (June 30th) and July 4th rodeos are reserved seating in the grandstand.

Why can't I buy Buzzard Roost over the Stampede?

The Buzzard Roost is sold as box seating over Stampede Week (June 30th-July 4th). These box holders have their group of seats on an annual basis until they choose to discontinue them. There is a waiting list groups can sign up for at our downtown office. Please note the list is long and does not guarantee tickets by any specific year.

What is a Rodeo?

Rodeo 101-
Professional rodeo action consists of two types of competitions - roughstock events and timed events - and an all-around cowboy crown.

In the roughstock events bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding a contestant's score is equally dependent upon his performance and the animal's performance. To earn a qualified score, the cowboy, while using only one hand, must stay aboard a bucking horse or bull for eight seconds. If the rider touches the animal, himself or any of his equipment with his free hand, he is disqualified.

In saddle bronc and bareback riding, a cowboy must "mark out" his horse; that is, he must exit the chute with his spurs set above the horse's shoulders and hold them there until the horse's front feet hit the ground after the initial jump out of the chute. Failing to do so results in disqualification.

During the regular season, two judges each score a cowboy's qualified ride by awarding 0 to 25 points for the rider's performance and 0 to 25 points for the animal's effort. The judges' scores are then combined to determine the contestant's score. A perfect score is 100 points.

In timed events steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and steer roping; cowboys and cowgirls at "the other end of the arena" compete against the clock, as well as against each other. A contestant's goal is to post the fastest time in his or her event. In steer wrestling and the roping events, calves and steers are allowed a head start. The competitor, on horseback, starts in a three-sided fenced area called a box. The fourth side opens into the arena.

A rope barrier is stretched across that opening and is tied to the calf or steer with a breakaway loop. Once the calf or steer reaches the head-start point - predetermined by the size of the arena - the barrier is automatically released. If a cowboy breaks that barrier, a 10-second penalty is added.
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