From rodeos to concerts, this venue is unmatched
Few facilities can host a variety of events like the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.
Located minutes from downtown Reno, within easy driving distance of thousands of hotel rooms and 10 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the venue is renowned for being multifaceted.
Open year-round, The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center features an indoor main arena, a livestock pavilion, an outdoor rodeo arena, an outdoor cutting arena and even a VIP lounge. It is home to a variety of competitions and performances including the world-famous Reno Rodeo.
Known as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo is celebrating over 100 years of family fun. More than 140,000 fans attend the rodeo each year and the event has been recognized as the third best rodeo in the country by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice. The rodeo impacts the Reno-area economy with $42 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants, and retail outlets.
While the rodeo is huge, it is merely one of the many events the venue hosts. The center has also welcomed such prestigious equine and rodeo events as the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic, Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity, Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, American Cowboy Team Roping Association and the Region 3 Championship Arabian Horse Show. The RSLEC has even hosted a slew of concerts, motocross racing, track meets, conventions, youth and collegiate sporting competitions, national monster truck events and antiques and craft shows.
“A fitting and versatile venue, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center welcomes a variety of prestigious equestrian, sporting and spectator events to Northern Nevada,” said Reno Tahoe President and CEO Charles Harris. “From a livestock pavilion to multiple indoor and outdoor arenas equipped with animal stalls, the facility is equipped to accommodate any group or event.
“Given our long-standing partnerships with groups such as American Cowboy Team Roping Association and the Region 3 Arabian Horse Association, Reno Tahoe looks forward to hosting their national events at the RSLEC each year.”
The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center’s climate-controlled indoor arena is situated on 43 acres and provides 45,000 square feet of exhibit space with indoor seating for more than 6,200 people. It is ADA-accessible and has four concession stands, three show offices, is equipped with new LED lighting, has a PA system and has a 150’ x 300’ dirt arena floor. It also features 18,000 square feet of exhibit space overlooking the arena floor. Constructed in just six months, this structural steel building includes unique 300-foot, clear span trusses, ranking Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center as having one of the longest clear spans in the west.
This pavilion is connected to the main arena by an all-weather tunnel, is ADA accessible and has its own show office and restrooms. It is equipped with new lighting, has a PA system, is heated and has a 90’ x 200’ dirt arena floor for 18,000 square feet of indoor event space. It also features 9,000 square feet of exhibit space overlooking the arena floor and has spectator seating for 1,000 guests.
Outdoor Rodeo Arena and Outdoor Cutting Arena
The outdoor rodeo arena comfortably seats 9,500 guests, is ADA accessible, has a PA system and features a 170’ x 325′ dirt arena for 55,250 square feet of fully lighted outdoor event space. Located just outside the Livestock Pavilion and main arena, the outdoor cutting arena is partially covered and lighted. It also sports a 100’ x 200’ dirt arena floor for 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space.
Doc Bar VIP Lounge
Overlooking the main arena, this VIP lounge houses a private office and men’s and women’s restrooms. It can hold 250 people and offers partial or full catering service, which will enhance your group’s visit to the center.
The venue also provides guests with 67 full hookup RV spaces including water, electric and sewer, 32 partial hookup RV spaces including water and electric, showers, restrooms and an onsite dump station, 3,100 paved and lighted parking spaces, 440 permanent 10-foot-by-12-foot stalls in 18 barns with rubber mat floors, 216 temporary 10 foot-by-10-foot stalls on dirt in open barns and cattle-holding pens accommodating up to 1,000 heads.
Main photo: Reno Rodeo
By Quinn Valdivia