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After 40+ Years, Iconic George Strait Team Roping Facility To Close

George Strait Team Roping Classic / Facebook

They say all good things must come to an end. George Strait, of all people, knows that. The King of Country said goodbye to touring back in 2014, but thankfully still performs special shows in Las Vegas from time to time.

Now, he’s saying goodbye to something else that is very important to him. After more than 40 years of hosting everything from horse shows, rodeos, circuses, and most famously, the annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, the San Antonio Rose Palace is closing its doors.

The venue made an announcement on their official Facebook page, which accompanied an image that read, “…this is where the Cowboy rides away,” referencing Strait’s hit song, and the name of his final tour.

RP3 Management, who has had the pleasure of managing this iconic facility for a short while, was recently informed that the ownership has decided to close the doors effective August 1, 2018. We are told the property will be listed for sale and had to cancel all future shows for 2018 and beyond,” the statement read.

See the full announcement in the post below.

Contestants, Producers and Friends – For 40+ years the San Antonio Rose Palace has hosted western lifestyle events…

Posted by The San Antonio Rose Palace on Friday, July 13, 2018

The venue, which is owned by Strait, revealed they have no other information at this time, and wanted to address the rumors before social media went wild with them. Strait bought the San Antonio Rose Palace in 1998.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the property is 71.3 acres and holds a 102,600-square-foot equestrian center. It also includes “two covered arenas, more than 500 horse stalls, more than 50 RV connections, event parking, concession stands, show offices and seating capacity for 4,500 spectators.”

Strait not only holds the George Strait Team Roping Classic, he is a mean competitor too! Check out his team roping skills in the video below.

Watch RFD-TV follow along a Team Roping Qualifier at the San Antonio Rose Palace to get a feel of the venue.