2022 Poly Royal Rodeo

Students ride horses around the rodeo grounds holding green flags

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General Poly Royal Questions

When is Poly Royal?

April 6-9, 2022. We hope to see you there!

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets for all nights are available at  https://bit.ly/PolyRoyalRodeo2022.

Where is Poly Royal being held this year?

This year’s event is being held at the Cotton Rosser Rodeo Complex at the Cal Poly rodeo grounds.  In prior years, the annual Poly Royal Rodeo was held at the Spanos Stadium, offering two full nights of entertainment. However, a $3.2 million turf replacement project has temporarily closed the stadium — leading the event back to the campus rodeo grounds where it began 80 years ago. To accommodate the expected large crowds, a special ASI-sponsored student night has been added to the week’s offerings on Wednesday, April 6 and a Green and Gold sponsorship night will be held on Friday, April 8, with the finals performance open to the general public on Saturday, April 9.

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!

Where can I find parking?

Click here to see available parking.

Will there be kids' activities during Poly Royal Rodeo?


Will there be a clear bag policy?

No. But bags will be checked by security prior to entrance.

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

All Poly Royal attendees are welcome to stay in the Cotton Rosser Rodeo Complex area for the concert. We hope you stay to enjoy the concert!

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 arena 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 guests will be arena-side in bleachers next to all of the action.

My question was not answered here. Who can I contact to find out more information about Poly Royal?

If you have additional questions, please email rodeo@calpoly.edu.

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Rodeo Banquet Information

When and where is the Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet?

The 2022 Poly Royal Rodeo Banquet will be held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center on Thursday, April 7, from 5:00 to 10 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. The event includes a steak dinner, no-host bar, live  auction,  scholarship  recipients  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 personally invited to attend the banquet via email.

How much do tickets to the banquet cost?

Guests may purchase banquet tickets online for $75*. Cal Poly Rodeo and Cuesta Team members will receive one complimentary ticket to the banquet.

*Plus taxes and fees

Where can I buy tickets for the banquet?

Poly Royal Banquet tickets will be available for purchase March 1. Please read FAQ #2 for more information on who can attend. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Is there assigned seating at the banquet?

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

Media Information

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

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