As we’re about to kick off another year of the “Super Bowl of rodeo” in Las Vegas, here are a few things you should know before you rodeo.
The National Finals Rodeo has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas since 1985, outbidding Oklahoma City and has remained there to this day.
In 1985, the prize money awarded to the competitors totaled at $1.79 million. Flash forward over 30 years, cowgirls and cowboys alike will be competing for around $10 million.
According to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association the 10 day rodeo bring around $90 million annually to the Las Vegas economy.
The Thomas & Mack Center, located on the University of Las Vegas, Nevada campus recently went through some renovations and upgrades, which resulted in a loss of 510 seats, making tickets to the WNFR an even hotter commodity and promoting the rise alternative ways to enjoy.
Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry. More and more fans visiting for the WNFR come without a ticket and participate opt instead to attend viewing parties. They never miss a moment and don’t have to move an inch for some unforgettable after parties! Veil Pavilion will be busy with what is sure to be a memorable, wild time with dancing, mechanical bull rides, live music each night, not to mention we’re giving away a side by side Arctic Cat! Even 102.7 The Coyotes’ Rodeo Radio will be there broadcasting live, all ten days! Did I mention it’s all free? Yes, free!
Not sure where to go for rodeo? Look to the sponsor hotels. They have all the insight and work directly with the rodeo to make the most of the ten days from room deals, amazing meals, to the best parties complete with special appearances. You already know we’re all over it!