While we are just in the beginning throes of winter, organizers of the Greeley Stampede already have summer on their minds as they work to put plans into place for the popular northern Colorado event.

General Manager Justin Watada and crew have released information for seating options for the upcoming 2023 Greeley Stampede SuperStars+ Concert Series.

SuperStars+ packages allow nine people the opportunity to see all six concerts from an exclusive area in the arena.

The new SS+ Pods seating arrangement was introduced to music fans at the Stampede’s 100th celebration in 2022 and features 10-foot by 14-foot pods on the arena floor with access to an exclusive cash bar, limited nightly complimentary Pepsi products, use of five bar stools and a cocktail table, five general parking vouchers per concert, and a commemorative gift.

The pods can hold as many as 10 people and allows guests the opportunity to be first to purchase new events as added.

The Greeley Stampede is offering music fans the opportunity to experience all six concerts in a unique setting. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

The program was so popular in 2022, the Stampede has added 12 more pods, for a total of 39 private spaces, explained Jen Baiamonte, Greeley Stampede Group Parties Chair

“The pods offer our guests a premium concert experience. These are the hottest tickets we have at the Stampede, so I expect the new pods will sell fast,” Baiamonte said.

Prices for the SS+ Pods range from $4,000 to $5,500, depending on location. Pod availability is limited and reservations are required.

To reserve a pod, contact Jen Baiamonte at groups@greeleystampede.org or call (970) 716-0117.

To learn more about the SS+ Pods program, as well as see a layout of where the pods are located on the arena floor, go to www.greeleystampede.org/p/concert-pods .

One of the most popular events to take place during the Greeley Stampede is the annual Independence Day Parade.

Every year, hundreds of adults, teens and children line the streets of Greeley to watch and cheer on dozens upon dozens of parade entrants, including local middle and high school marching bands, equestrian groups, businesses and organizations, and more.

The theme for the 2023 Independence Day Parade will be “Celebrating Our Community” and parade organizers are looking for community members, businesses, organizations and other groups to help make this year’s parade event one for the books.

“There is something special about parades,” commented Stephen Walker, Greeley Stampede Parades chairman. “It’s the community coming together to celebrate, seeing everyone’s creations and continuing family traditions that makes the magic.”

The Stampede is looking for floats that celebrate what makes the people of northern Colorado proud to call this area home. This includes past, present or future events, special features, or accomplishments.

In addition to entertaining the more than 40,000 spectators, floats entered into the parade will have a chance to win $500 for Best Overall Float.

The Greeley Stampede is challenging community members, organizations and businesses to put on their thinking caps to come up with creative and unique floats for the 2023 Independence Day Parade. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

While the Stampede is looking for people to put up their best floats, you can’t have a parade without marching bands. Parade organizers are sweetening the deal for marching bands by offering a $1,000 payment to the first three bands to apply and be accepted for the parade.

Marching bands will also have the chance to win Best Marching Band and be entered to win $1,000 donation for the Ebba Mae Grant Memorial Award.

Categories for parade entries include:


Marching bands

Equestrian — group riders

Equestrian — horse drawn

Walking groups

Vehicle groups

Early bird applications start at $80 and will increase to $100 on March 1 and then to $120 on June 1. Standard entries includes up to 80-feet of space with additional lengths for $20 per 10-feet.

For more information, rules and regulations, or to submit an application, go to www.greeleystampede.org/p/4th-of-july-parade or contact Stephen Walker at parades@greeleystampede.org .

Along with the unveiling of the new pods program and getting folks to put on their parade float thinking caps, the Greeley Stampede Foundation has announced that it is increasing its high school scholarship fund.

Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded academic scholarships to graduating Weld County high school seniors. To date, the Foundation has given $735, 540 to 642 students.

The Foundation’s first ever scholarship was $500, growing to $50,000 annually over the years. For 2023, the Foundation has increased its award fund to $62,500 to to provide 25 $2,500 scholarships.

“We are really pushing to increase our impact on the community to show support for our students and their pursuit of higher education,” said Nyla Bristow, Greeley Stampede Foundation chairwoman.  “Our students work hard. Offering some financial relief to help them achieve their goals is why we created the Foundation.”

The Greeley Stampede is dedicated to giving back to the youth in the community through its Greeley Stampede Foundation’s annual scholarship program. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

Scholarships presented to graduating high school seniors are based on the student’s academics, volunteer or work experience, extracurricular activities and leadership skills.

Winners of the scholarships can use the money at any accredited trade school, community college, university or college.

Applications for the Greeley Stampede Foundation Scholarship program must be submitted by midnight Tuesday, Feb. 28.

For more information on the 2023 Greeley Stampede Foundation Scholarship opportunities, including applications, go to www.Greeleystampede.org/p/scholarships or email Nyla Bristow at scholarships@greeleystampede.org .

The 2023 Greeley Stampede will take place Thursday, June 22 through Tuesday, July 4. Keep up on all the upcoming releases and updates for the event by going to www.greeleystampede.org .

This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune