2019 Poly Royal Rodeo Information

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Poly Royal Rodeo FAQ's


When is Poly Royal?

April 12-13, 2019. We hope to see you there!


Where can I stay during Poly Royal?

Click here for available lodging in San Luis Obispo County. The hotels fill up fast during Poly Royal weekend, so consider booking your room today! 


Are there any items that are prohibited from Alex G. Spanos Stadium? 

Yes. Please see the University Police Department's list of prohibited items here.

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Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor Information


What's the difference between a Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor and a VIP Rodeo Booster Member?

Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors are those individuals who are sponsoring this year’s Poly Royal Rodeo at a $5,000 level or higher through the Poly Royal Rodeo Sponsorship Program. This includes Mustang, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Legacy-level sponsors. Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors receive benefits as a part of their sponsorship package. Their donations are made directly to the Cal Poly Rodeo Program and processed by the Cal Poly Foundation.

VIP Rodeo Booster Members pay membership dues to the Rodeo Boosters, a non-profit organization that provides support for Cal Poly Rodeo. 


I am a member of the Rodeo Boosters. What does my membership include?

For any questions regarding benefits for rodeo boosters, please visit them online at www.rodeoboosters.com.


What is included with my Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor status?

Premier Sponsors will receive a packet with Premier Sponsor parking passes and a designated number of Premier Sponsor entrance tickets and wristbands per night (based on specific sponsorship level) to get into the stadium and enter the arena-side Premier Sponsor area. The Premier Sponsor area in Alex G. Spanos Stadium includes complimentary food and beverages and will open an hour and a half before each evening’s performance. Last call for alcohol will be a half hour before the rodeo ends. The Premier Sponsor parking lots on campus will have shuttle service to and from the rodeo.


Where and when can I pick up my Premier Sponsor packet?

Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor Packets will be available for pickup at the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet. The banquet will be held at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 10 p.m.


I can’t make it to the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet on Thursday. How do I get my Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor Packet?

Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors will receive a personal email invitation to the rodeo banquet. If you are a Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsor and are unable to attend the rodeo banquet, please email Kelly Owens-Dávalos at kmowens@calpoly.edu. There are two options for picking up your packet if you cannot personally attend the banquet.

1) Premier Sponsor packets that are not picked up during the banquet will be available for pickup on Friday, April 13 at the Cal Poly Rodeo office between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

2) You may designate a representative to pick up your materials for you during the Rodeo Banquet on Thursday, April 12, at the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet, or on Friday, April 13, at the Cal Poly Rodeo office. Please email your representative’s full name to kmowens@calpoly.edu. The representative will be required to present a valid photo ID when picking up the Premier Sponsor packet.

Due to the risk of materials being lost in the mail, we will not be sending packets via postal service providers.


Do I have to stay in the Premier Sponsor area during the rodeo or can I move around?

Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors are welcome to move throughout the Premier Sponsor area and the Rodeo Booster area in the stadium. Premier Sponsor passes will not allow entry into the stands nor the suites.


I am bringing more people to Poly Royal than the number of Premier Sponsor tickets that were provided. Can I purchase more Premier Sponsor tickets?

No. Extra Premier Sponsor tickets and wristbands cannot be purchased. If you would like to invite additional guests to Poly Royal, you may purchase general admissions tickets by visiting https://tickets.calpoly.edu. 


Can I use all of my Premier Sponsor entrance tickets and wristbands for one night? 

No. Premier Sponsors must split entrance tickets and wristbands evenly over the two performances. For example, Silver-level Premier Sponsors receive 8 tickets and wristbands per rodeo performance. Eight are valid for the Friday performance only, and the other eight are valid only for Saturday's performance (i.e. All 16 cannot be used for a single performance). 


I am a Premier Sponsor but I will not be able to attend Poly Royal. Can I gift my Premier Sponsor tickets to someone else?

Yes. Please see #2 under what to do if you cannot pick up your Premier Sponsor packet.


What happens if lose my Premier Sponsor Packet?

Do not lose your Premier Sponsor packet. Due to the staffing demands needed to put on the Poly Royal Rodeo, we will not be able to reprint lost packet materials.


After the Saturday rodeo performance, where do I go to watch the concert?

Poly Royal Premier Sponsors are welcome to stay in the Premier Sponsor area for the concert or you can move to the arena floor. We hope you stay to enjoy the concert!


Will there be heaters or tents in the Premier Sponsor area?

Due to fire safety regulations, we will not have heaters in the Premier Sponsor area. See recommendations for clothing below. In consideration of the views of other spectators in the stands, we will not have tents in the Premier Sponsor area.


What should I wear?

We encourage guests to check the weather forecast for San Luis Obispo during Open House weekend. Keep in mind that the Premier Sponsor area in Alex G. Spanos Stadium will be in the shade once the sun starts to set and evening temperatures can dip. We suggest planning ahead for changes in weather and bringing extra layers. We also recommend against wearing open-toed shoes or high heels as Premier Sponsor guests will be arena-side and right next to all of the action.

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Rodeo Banquet Information




When and where is the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet?

The 2019 Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet will be held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. The event includes a steak dinner, no-host bar and live music. We want to thank the Madonna Inn for supporting Cal Poly Rodeo and sponsoring this event!


Who can attend the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet?

Poly Royal sponsors, rodeo team members, parents, alumni and friends of Cal Poly Rodeo are invited to attend the banquet.

Legacy, Gold, and Silver-level Poly Royal sponsors will receive a special email invitation to RSVP guests for their complimentary table.


How much do tickets to the banquet cost?

Guests may pre-purchase banquet tickets online for $35*. There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door for $45*. Cal Poly Rodeo Team members and Cuesta College Rodeo Team members will receive one complimentary ticket to the banquet. We encourage you to buy your tickets early and online.

*Plus taxes and fees.

Where can I buy tickets for the banquet? 

Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet tickets are available for pre-purchase online or at the door the day of the event.

Remember, Legacy, Gold, and Silver sponsors receive a complimentary table for 8 at the banquet. You will receive a special email invitation to RSVP your guests.


Is there assigned seating at the banquet?

No. With the exception of reserved tables for our Silver, Gold and Legacy sponsors, banquet seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables seat 10 guests.

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Parking and Transportation Information


Permits are required to park on campus during Open House weekend.
Announcements regarding parking updates and closures can be found at the Cal Poly Open House Guest Parking and Transportation website.
Parking on campus is limited during Open House weekend. We recommend guests arrive early and/or use alternate modes of transportation to get to campus, including:
  • Cal Poly Open House shuttle services
  • Carpooling
  • Taxi, Uber or Lyft services
Complementary shuttle services will be offered on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Please see the 2018 Open House Shuttle Schedule for more details on routes and run times.


Where should I park for Poly Royal Rodeo?

Poly Royal attendees with general admission tickets can park in general parking (light green) lots on campus.

On-campus parking lots for Poly Royal Premier Sponsors are located at the Cal Poly Meat Processing Center and the Cal Poly Dairy (pink lots). Special permits are required (see below).


How do I obtain my Premier Sponsor parking pass?

Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors will receive a maximum of two Premier Sponsor parking passes in their Premier Sponsor packets (see Premier Sponsor FAQ’s for information on picking up packets). Passes are valid only in Premier Sponsor lots at the Cal Poly Meat Processing Center and Cal Poly Dairy (pink lots). Passes must be displayed at all times when parked in the Premier Sponsor parking lots. Poly Royal Rodeo Premier Sponsors receive complimentary shuttle service between the Premier Sponsor parking lots and Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Please see the shuttle schedule above for hours of operation and additional details.


Is my Premier Sponsor parking pass valid in other parking lots on campus?

No. The Premier Sponsor parking pass is valid only in designated Premier parking lots.


Can I purchase additional Premier Sponsor parking passes?

No. Due to the volume of traffic and limited number of parking spaces on campus, we are unable to provide guests with additional Premier Sponsor passes. We encourage attendees to carpool or use one of the alternate modes of transportation listed above.


I will not need both of my Premier Sponsor parking passes. Can I give the extra pass to someone else?



I am a Rodeo Booster. Is parking for Poly Royal Rodeo included with my membership?

Please visit the Rodeo Boosters website for information on member benefits.

Media Information

Passes are required for credentialed members of the media. Please contact AnnMarie Cornejo for details. 

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