What to Know Before You Rodeo

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.

Thomas & Mack


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!

Sam Riddle

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!


Subtract the Stress from Thanksgiving

The time is officially upon us as we head into Thanksgiving. The seasons are changing, the leaves are falling, we’re finally starting to see relatively cooler temperatures and the holiday season has returned once more. While it is a beautiful time of year for most, spent with family and friends, wonderful meals with even better company and of course gifts, it is also for many a time of high stress and rushing around to make all of this seasonal magic happen.

While we can’t take all of the stress away, we do have some helpful solutions to assist you in focusing more on the fun and family, and less of the preparation and planning. Let us do the cooking with your choice of three different Thanksgiving meals, sure to please everyone in your crew.

Pumpkin Pie

You can head to Sundance Grill for a three course menu that begins with your choice of soup or salad before diving into your choice of prime rib or roasted turkey served with green beans almandine, apple sausage stuffing, fresh cranberry-orange relish and sweet potato. Don’t forget dessert! Enjoy either a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie.

If you’re looking to spice up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, head to Mi Casa for albondiga soup and roasted turkey with mole served with spicy rice, chorizo stuffing and black beans with churros for dessert. Don’t worry; those looking for to keep the tradition can enjoy roasted pumpkin soup with roasted turkey, served with green beans almandine, apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey pan gravy and fresh cranberry-orange relish. Complete with a sweet finish of pumpkin or pecan pie.


Seasons will also be welcoming your family with large variety of choices even for the pickiest of guests. Some of their featured items include roasted turkey, herb crusted prime rib, oysters Rockefeller, peel and eat shrimp, brown sugar mustard glazed ham, roasted pork loin, juniper brined salmon, shrimp and butternut squash bisque, roasted pumpkin soup, brussels sprouts with hot bacon dressing, butternut squash ravioli with sage and brown butter, roasted sweet potato salad, fresh cranberry-orange relish, sweet potato pie, roasted yams with marshmallows, apple and sausage stuffing, wild rice-cranberry salad, roasted root vegetables, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and much more!

So we invite you to come join our family, and take the stress out of the holidays and instead focus on coming together. See you there!