KATY (Covering Katy News) – Congressman Michael McCaul, R-TX, visited the Katy Independent School District’s Agricultural Sciences Center with Katy FFA students and Katy ISD staff on Monday. The pavilion opened earlier this year, just in time for the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s located at 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road in Katy.
“Our nation was built by hardworking farmers who continually fight to keep the United States a world leader in agriculture, and we must ensure more young farmers maintain this vital work,” Congressman McCaul said. “To that end, I introduced the Student Agriculture Protection Act to encourage young farmers to pursue a career in the farming business by excluding the first $5,000 made from the sale of agriculture projects for students. This common-sense solution removes unnecessary barriers and incentivizes student farmers to join the legacy of patriotic Texas farmers.”
The new Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center greatly expands the Livestock Show and Rodeo Facilities where the event used to be held, and it is also next to the students’ agriculture barns so all facilities are now on one piece of property.
McCaul met with students, administrators and led a roundtable discussion during his visit.
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“The new Agriculture Sciences Center on Katy ISD’s campus is an incredible facility that will benefit FFA students, will host the annual FFA student livestock show, and will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students of all grade levels,” McCaul said.
The facility was approved by voters as part of the 2014 education construction bond. The final cost of the project is reportedly $34 million.
“I’m confident that this new center will also play an important role in inspiring the next generation of America’s famers,” McCaul said.
Congressman McCaul represents a portion of the Katy area and is also the lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee.
See photos below and some additional information about the rodeo arena and pavilion.
Here are five important facts about the new rodeo arena and pavilion at the Gerald R. Young Agriculture Sciences Center.
- 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.