Jul 18, 2010 12:51 AM by John Romero

Rodeo attendance booms, but not everyone feels it

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a big draw this year. Over 25,000 people came through the doors this year, breaking recent attendance records. "Ticket sales are up 23.5% over the same time last year. It's a pretty exciting number." says rodeo director Mike Jorgensen. It's part of a steady climb in attendance at the rodeo over the last four years.

For hotels in the area that means a packed house. "We've been doing pretty good. We're really busy." explains Ashley Braun from the La Quinta Inn. During rodeo week, a room in Colorado Springs is tough to come by. "I've called every single hotel that's around us to see if they have rooms and everybody is sold out." says Braun.

The big attendance numbers mean more money coming in to the city. But not everyone has been as lucky. "I probably ran $500 to $600 less in revenue last night than I would on an average Friday night." says Firehouse BBQ manager Peter Karnincic. Firehouse says they've seen a decrease in business when the rodeo and other big events come to town. Karnincic thinks a still recovering economy may be the culprit. "What I see is that people are going to choose which thing they're going to do." he says, "They're probably not going to go to dinner and go to the rodeo. They choose to go to the rodeo and that pulls a little bit away from out business."

Firehouse will take the good with the bad. Business overall is still doing well, leaving enough room for all involved during a busy summer in Southern Colorado. "Of course as the summer comes in and the tourists come in from out of town, we as everybody else does, see and increase in the revenue that we gain." says Karnincic.



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