KATY (Covering Katy News) – The 2019 Katy Independent School District Future Farmers of American (FFA) Livestock Show and Rodeo will have a new home this year, and construction crews are working to get several new facilities completed in time for the events that begin the middle of next month.
The annual Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 13-17. It will be located at the new Agricultural Sciences Center, 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road in Katy.
Students will compete showing steers, goats, lambs, hogs, broilers and rabbits. The public can support FFA students through auction and barn sale purchases along with add-on donations.
There will be an outdoor pavilion, multi-purpose show area where livestock will be displayed, a project center building, and a multi-purpose covered outdoor arena where the rodeo competitions will be held.
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As Katy ISD continues to grow every year, the center will accommodate eight high schools and the expansion of the agriculture education program curriculum. Currently, Katy ISD has approximately 3,300 FFA students.
Previously, the livestock show and rodeo events took place at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion, which was built in 2004.
The project was approved by voters as part of the 2014 education construction bond. The final cost of the project is reportedly $34 million.
Below you will find photos of the facilities. For more information go to http://katyrodeo.org.
Here are a five important facts about the new rodeo arena and pavilion.
- The pavilion and show area are each approximately 35,000 square feet, or 70,000 combined.
- The air-conditioned show arena has bleacher seating for 1,600 individuals and can handle 500 to 1,000+ people on the floor in multiple configurations with tables and chairs.
- The rodeo arena has a 133,000 square-foot cover and seating for 5,000 people. This includes 88 eight-seat boxes along the perimeter of the arena floor.
- The pavilion/show arena has restrooms with 40 women’s and 39 men’s fixtures. The rodeo arena has men’s and women’s restrooms in each corner with a total fixture count of 33 for women and 31 for men.
- The public parking lot is crushed concrete and can accommodate over 1,600 cars, including 27 paved designated handicap spaces as well as additional parking for rodeo contestants with trailers and event staff.