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Rodeo set to reopen in Texas in preview of how coronavirus changes Sports

Cowboys are set to get back in the saddle this weekend in Mesquite, Tex., as the city’s rodeo reopens for its summer season after fears it would be canceled due to the novel coronavirus.

Organizers behind the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which was established in 1957, say their reopening marks the first professional sports event open to ticket holders in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent shutdowns led to widespread cancellations, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Rodeo director Travis Wheat told the Morning News that his team had just about two weeks to accomplish two months of preparations to reopen this weekend.

“Our heads have been spinning, but it’s good,” Wheat said. “The goal is clear: Just put on a rodeo and keep fans safe.”

The rodeo is making adjustments to its traditional spectacle, limiting the audience to 25 percent capacity and preventing direct interaction between participants and spectators.

Seating and concession lines will be set up to abide by social distancing guidelines and hand sanitizer will be readily available, but masks will be required only among staff — not the cowboys or their audience.

And keeping cowboys isolated will be a bit more complicated than setting up barriers between people in the crowd.

“Obviously with rodeo you need to have a couple hands dealing with 1,200-pound animals, 1,500-pound animals, so some of those are going to be a little bit more lax,” Wheat said.

See full article WashingtonPost.com
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