Omaha – The annual Rodeo has been canceled due to the increased risk of COVID-19. While many are continuing to stay inside, others feel that they should reopen one of America’s least affected states.
The Rodeo is a staple in Midwestern culture.
“As an extreme sporting event, with fans of all ages, the Omaha Rodeo is committed to supporting the health and safety of our fans as well as the volunteers who support the Rodeo’s philanthropic programs,” says Beth Greiner, Omaha Rodeo Volunteer. “Mark your calendars now for the return of thrilling rodeo action to the CHI Center on September 24 and 25, 2021.”
Throughout the country, many major sporting events have been put on hold. From Baseball to Football, the threat of COVID-19 has been a looming nightmare.
The essential process for major sporting events is to fill stadium seats. For others, it’s an advertising opportunity. Ticket sales are the number one driving factor for sports arenas across the globe.
The Omaha Rodeo Brings Crowded Stands
The problems that face these industries are the number of crowded seats and the level of people not adhering to wearing a mask. For many residents, the threat of COVID-19 isn’t as serious to them as science or statistics.
“The state has one of the least amounts of cases in the US,” says Tim Lewis, a resident of Omaha. “We want to be able to get out of the house.”
The Omaha Rodeo brings in a substantial amount of income each year. Many will flock to the stadium to get a glimpse at the sport. From other cities and states, the sport garners widespread attention. For locals, it means yearly business increases.
Many small businesses continue to remain closed. While this continues, many are closing for good. The economic impact of the virus is starting to hurt more than just the populace, but American industry as well.