Rodeo officials re-examining procedures after opening night's long lines

Some fans say they waited in line more than an hour at RodeoHouston's 2018 opening night, citing delays with ticket taking and security.

HOUSTON -- Thousands of people waited in line for more than an hour at some NRG Stadium gates Tuesday night trying to get into Garth Brooks' sold-out RodeoHouston show.

Late Tuesday night, RodeoHouston said those working the gates were temporarily visually scanning tickets instead of digitally scanning to alleviate the congestion. Even still, many fans complained the lines were as bad as they've ever seen -- even for sold out Texans games.

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On Twitter, the rodeo blamed the lines on fans lining up earlier than usual.

A spokeswoman for the rodeo told KHOU 11 early Wednesday that rodeo officials are expected to meet and could change some procedures moving forward.

Photos: Garth Brooks kicks off RodeoHouston's opening day


Massive lines were reported on rodeo grounds and outside the stadium with traffic even as the rodeo wrapped up inside NRG to prepare for the Garth Brooks concert.

RodeoHouston announced Tuesday night's paid crowd was 75,018 - putting it in the top 20 rodeo concerts of all time.

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Gates opened Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and hundreds filled the park for their favorite rodeo finds.