FORT WORTH, Texas - The historic Will Rogers Coliseum has been home to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for 76 years.
Saturday night brought an end to that era, as next year, the rodeo portion will be at the new $53 million Dickies Arena.
They say cowgirls don't cry, but 91-year-old Nancy Durie Duncan has earned the right to shed a tear or two, after spending a lifetime attending the rodeo at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
Saturday, she saw her last rodeo at the arena, watching chuckwagon racing and bull riding, accompanied by four generations of her family, who have been sitting in section G for decades.
Duncan remembers her dad, who started the family tradition of going to the rodeo back in 1916.
"He said it's the people that make it so special," Duncan recalled.
[REPORTER: "Do you feel like that also? This is such a big part of the community here."]
"Well yes, of course. For this to be the last year here, we're looking forward to the new coliseum, of course, and we'll see how different it'll be, but this has a lot of traditions and memories here," Duncan’s daughter, Susan Clemens said.
"It's amazing. It's like another Christmas Day to us,” Duncan’s granddaughter, Lindsey Flowers, said. “We look forward to it every year."
The last year at the coliseum also attracted Jeremy Wombold, who traveled from Alberta, Canada, to experience the place in all its glory and heritage.
"My friend is a pro PRCA rodeo official and he told me, Allen Jordan is his name, and he told me it's the last year in the coliseum and I better go check it out," Wombold said.
Duncan summed up it up best.
"Tradition is everything, but we look forward to the new," she said.