2016 American Royal ProRodeo Sets Ticket Sales Record

November 18, 2016

With more tickets sold than the past five years and for the first time, a standing room only Saturday night performance, it was a record setting year for the American Royal ProRodeo. Excitement filled Hale Arena September 23 and 24 as rodeo fans cheered on three performances filled with PRCA contestants from across the country competing to earn money during 2016_american-royal_25365the last qualifying weekend for the National Finals Rodeo. The fun didn’t stop with the last ride. Each night, the Pendleton Whisky Tailgate was the place to be after the rodeo. The crowd enjoyed tailgate games, dancing, cold drinks, and live music from local country artists Travis Marvin and Noe Palma.

The American Royal ProRodeo contributed $1,721.65 to Midwest Cancer Alliance through Tough Enough to Wear Pink™ merchandise sales and donations collected in pink cowboy boots. Friday night we honored breast cancer survivors with a Tough Enough to Wear Pink™ performance.  Angie Stanland, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Anne O’Dea, Midwest Cancer Alliance, and 8 cancer survivors opened the performance on the arena floor, for a powerful statement.

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Saturday afternoon the families came out to the Kids Corral for face painting, mutton busting, pedal tractors and much more.  As the presenting sponsor of the matinee performance Bayer brought 1000 of their associates and guests to the performance. The week of the rodeo the American Royal and Bayer partnered to help the thousands of people in Kansas City that do not have enough food to survive.  All week, Bayer associates and guests to the American Royal brought in canned goods and other non-perishable food to help Harvester’s, Kansas City’s largest food bank, to continue to provide support to the community.

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The American Royal, in partnership with Firooz Filmz, created a time lapse film highlighting our preparations for the PRCA Rodeo.  The film follows our crews as they prepare Hale Arena and then captures the energy and excitement of a sold out ProRodeo performance.  Watch the film.