The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the biggest prize money rodeo in the world it paid out around $5.5 million to contestants last year and the most prestigious, deciding which cowboys will wear the gold buckle as world champion each year.
The first NFR was held in 1959 in Dallas and it later had stints in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City before moving to Las Vegas in 1985, where it has become one of the hottest tickets in town. The Wrangler NFR has sold out its last 220 performances, dating back more than 20 years.
What is the National Finals Rodeo?
Although rodeo has been around almost as long as dirt, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) has a more recent history. The first National Finals Rodeo was held at the Dallas State Fair Grounds in 1959, and since then, has undergone some interesting changes.
The National Finals Rodeo, organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is the premier championship rodeo event in the United States. Wrangler Jeans is the title sponsor for the 10-day event, commonly just called the National Finals or NFR, which is also sometimes referred to as the World Series of Rodeo and the Super Bowl of Rodeo. The NFR is held each year in the first full week of December, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since this event is extremely popular, it sells out all seats for all of the events. Many casinos carry the events live in their sports books or host special parties to accommodate all of the fans in town who can not get tickets for the events. Most of the major hotels and casinos book special entertainment into their showrooms with a country theme offering many of the regular shows an extended break.
The National Finals Rodeo usally sells out every year you can still purchase Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tickets for all days of the event.