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Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is a rodeo located in Mesquite, Texas that operates during rodeo season (roughly June through August). It was founded in 1958 by Neal Gay as a permanent rodeo, opposing the general concept of the time: the itinerant rodeos. It was not successful at first, but by 1970, when the Interstate 635 was finished, and everybody in the Dallas area was able to easily reach the Rodeo, its fame began to grow. These days, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo is the most broadcasted Rodeo worldwide, thanks to ESPN, which turned its attention towards this rodeo in the mid-1980s, followed by TNN and Fox Sports Southwest. In 1985, near Interstate 635 and Scyene Road, construction began for the Mesquite Arena, and by 1998 it also incorporated a Convention Center, Exhibition Hall and a Hampton Inn & Suites.

Owner of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars Tom Hicks, invested in the Mesquite Rodeo, in 1999, only to sell it to Camelot Sports & Entertainment in 2009, which infused further funds towards its modernization.

It is said that legends begin in Mesquite. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo Series Finals is a very coveted prize and it is the reason why every year, for 12 weeks, professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls gather at the Mesquite arena. After an exhilarant laser show, that changes every year, the traditional challenges begin.

Looking for hotels in Dallas Texas?  The Stay Express Inn is situated at a distance of 6.9 miles from the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.