Rooftop Getting a New View

VIP tickets will allow some fans a different experience for Estes Park rodeo

The VIP Experience patrons at Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park will get many benefits, including a behind-the-scenes tour.

ESTES PARK, Colo. – How popular is Rooftop Rodeo?

The popular box seats are often sold out before the rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5-Monday, July 10, at Granny May Arena in Estes Park. So the Town of Estes Park developed another avenue beginning this year.

“We were looking at the fact that our box seats sell so well,” said Rob Hinkle, director of the Community Services Department with the Town of Estes Park. “We realized people are looking for a more exclusive experience.

The town created the VIP Experience, which allows patrons a tour of the rodeo grounds before the show, access to the exclusive VIP patio at the west gate, dinner at the hospitality tent, access to a bartender and specially reserved stadium seating.

“While watching the event, you will be taken care of by a designated bartender, providing you with drinks at additional charge,” said Mark Purdy, chairman of Estes Park Western Heritage Inc., a group of volunteers that works with the town of Estes Park to produce the annual rodeo. “We have only 26 VIP tickets available for each night, but I think it’s an awesome opportunity for people who want that experience.”

VIP Experience tickets are $100 apiece.

“This offers VIP guests a chance to meet our volunteers and the cowboys that come to town to compete,” said Ben Vigil, president of Western Heritage. “It also allows them a special seat where they can see all the action.”

It’s about creating something special for those guests.

“We want this to have a special ambiance for those guests,” Hinkle said. “It’s a new experience to the rodeo that’s much different than you’d get from our general admission seats.

“It provides convenient access to our hospitality tent, which traditionally has been reserved for our volunteers and the cowboys.”

For now, guests can enjoy access to the area just outside the west gate, a popular viewing spot for staff members and cowboys in the past.

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