The Texas Motor Speedway, I-35W at Hwy. 114, north of Fort Worth (tel. 817/215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com), is said to be the third-largest sporting complex in the world. It's the place to see NASCAR, Indy, and motorcycle racing. Plan on joining a crowd; more than 150,000 people can attend the races here.
Fort Worth's stop on the PGA tour is the Colonial Invitational, which takes place every May at Fort Worth's prestigious Colonial Country Club (tel. 817/927-4278 or 927-4280).
The Texas Brahmas of the CHL play from January to March at the NYTEX Sports Centre in Rockland Hills. Call tel. 817/336-3342 or visit www.brahmas.com for news and ticket information.
Fort Worth's famous Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave. (tel. 817/625-1025), is the top place to see professional rodeo. Rodeos are usually every Friday and Saturday night (tickets $7.50-$15). Popping up frequently on the Coliseum schedule is Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show, a reenactment of the original, which was once the largest Wild West show anywhere. Events range from trick roping to trick shooting and are accompanied by Western music and an arena full of buffaloes, longhorns, and horses. For information and tickets, call tel. 888/COWTOWN (269-8696) or 817/625-1025 or visit www.stockyardsrodeo.com. Look for $2 coupons in the Fort Worth Key Magazine, available at tourist information offices.
The Kowbell Rodeo, about 15 minutes from downtown, has rodeos year-round on Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as bull riding Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. Call tel. 817/477-3092 for more information.
The big event in Fort Worth is the annual Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show & Rodeo, which is staged from the end of January to early February. The nation's oldest livestock show features a Western parade, auctions, and cowboys and cowgirls at the nightly rodeo at Will Rogers Memorial Center, located in the Cultural District at 3301 W. Lancaster (tel. 817/877-2400).
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo -- If you're in Fort Worth at the end of January and first few days of February, you can't miss attending the Fort Worth Stock Show (officially known as the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show), which hearkens back to its earliest days at the end of the 19th century. At the Will Rogers Memorial Center near the art museums (on Amon Carter Sq.), you'll see horse shows and auctions, and be able to check out all sorts of livestock, from beef cattle to llamas and swine. There's plenty of entertainment during the show and also an all-Western parade on the first Saturday. The rodeo is especially lively during the Stock Show; tickets are $16 to $18. For more information and an exact schedule of events, call tel. 817/877-2400 or visit www.fwstockshowrodeo.com.
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