2018 Poly Royal Rodeo Returns to the Cal Poly Alex G. Spanos Stadium April 13-14



Jan. 25, 2018

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo




The 78th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Cal Poly’s premiere arena — the Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The rodeo will be held April 13-14 at the Spanos Stadium,with two back-to-back evening performances followed by a headline concert Saturday night. The venue allows for a capacity of 11,000 spectators each night.

“The Poly Royal Rodeo has been a part of Cal Poly for nearly eight decades,” Coach Ben Londo said. “Last year, with hard work and community support, we made history by putting on the largest collegiate rodeo in the nation. We are ready to do it again.”

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 at https://tickets.calpoly.edu. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.

The Friday evening rodeo on April 13 at 7 p.m. will include kid-friendly activities, and children under 10 years old get in free. Tickets are $20 for students, $25 for general admission and $40 for chair-back seats.

The final rodeo event on Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m., will include a live post-show concert, with headliner to be announced soon. Tickets are $10 for children ages 2 to 10, $25 for students, $30 for general admission, and $50 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children who are under 2.

The Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. With a performance each night, followed by a concert Saturday night, many of the 45,000 people on campus that weekend will have an opportunity to enjoy the event.

College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include stunts, clown acts, calf dressing and more.


About Cal Poly Rodeo

Cal Poly Rodeo, coached by Ben Londo, is one of the most successful programs in the history of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Cal Poly sent six men

to the inaugural College National Finals Rodeo in 1949. Since then, Cal Poly Rodeo’s student-athletes have won more national titles than any other college rodeo program— and 45 national titles. The program is open to all Cal Poly students.


About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (cafes.calpoly.edu) is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.


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