The National Finals Rodeo (NFR), organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is commonly called the World Series of Rodeo or the Super Bowl of Rodeo. The NFR is sponsored by Wrangler Jeans and is considered one of the premier events in the United States to showcase the talents of the PRCA’s top 15 money-winners in each event as they all vie for the world title each December, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The event is aired live on CBS Network. The dirt used for the rodeo is unique and is stored on the UNLV campus for use in each NFR. Events are scheduled to start Monday, November 30th with the Miss Rodeo America event doors opening at 9:30 AM and is free to the public. Early registration for the PRCA starts at noon on the 30th and goes until 4pm. Tuesday, December 1 at 7am-4pm will continue the PRCA National Convention Registration at the South Point Convention Area with the annual meeting of the members of the PRCA starting in the South Point Ballroom from 8am until 10am. The PRCA National Convention Personnel Trade Show & JCCF Silent Auction starts at 12:30 in the South Point Exhibit Hall going until 4:30 pm. PRCA registration continues Wednesday, December 2nd from 7am until 4pm. Special events like the Cowboy Christmas are being held again at the Las Vegas Convention Center and can be expected to continue all the way until the last day falling on December 12th.
Originally the NFR was held in Dallas, Texas in 1959 and continued there until 61, when Los Angeles won the bid and hosted the event from 1962-64. The bid was successfully won by Oklahoma in 1964 and for more than two decades stayed in Oklahoma until Las Vegas’ own cowboy and visionary Benny Binion along with Las Vegas Events and its then president, Herb McDonald decided it was time for the NFR to call Las Vegas home. So in true Las Vegas style the duo offered the NFR a deal they couldn’t refuse, a chance to offer the cowboys and contractors more money and more exposure. The first NFR was held in Las Vegas in 1985. Since 1985 the NFR has been held at The Thomas Mack Center and is their biggest client, the event brings in more than 170,000 fans over the ten days. In 2001, PRCA Commissioner Steven J. Hatchell made an agreement with Wrangler to become the first title sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo in hopes to elevate the professional rodeo to a new level. For all of your National Finals Rodeo tickets and information use our easy to navigate website or call one of our professional staff members with any questions or concerns, if you need help finding great deals or even just directions we can help you. The NFR is the final rodeo event of the PRCA season and the World Championship titles are awarded to the individuals who earn the most money in each of these events. Bareback riding, steer wrestling also known as bull dogging. Team roping which was divided in “headers’ and “heelers” in 1995 with headers being cowboys who rope the steer’s head and heelers are cowboys who rope the steer’s hind feet, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping which is also known as calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The World All-Around Rodeo Champion Cowboy title each year is awarded at the end of the NFR to the highest-earning cowboy. 2014 All Around World Champion was Trevor Brazile for the 12th year in a row. Last year’s NFR World Champions are as follows: Kaycee Field for Bareback Riding, Luke Branquinho for steer wrestling, Clay Tryan, won as header and Jade Corkill as heeler in the team roping event. World Champion in the saddle bronc riding event was Spencer Wright, Tuf Cooper was the 2014 tie-down roping event, Fallon Taylor (barrel racing), and 2014 World Champion in Bull Riding was Sage Kimzey. Sage Kimzey, the 20 year old from Strong City, OK had one of the finest seasons in history, taking not only the world title but also the Wrangler NFR average buckle, and he also won the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award and the RAM Top Gun truck. In 2011 the NFR recorded 260 consecutive sold out performances and with the popularity of the NFR only growing it sells out all seats for all events and now many casinos carry the events live in the sports books or host special parties to accommodate the needs of the visiting fans with special booking, country themes in the hotels and giving some of the regular shows an extended winter break. In the ten days that the NFR is spent at The Thomas & Mack Center, the basketball team schedules their away games to accommodate the NFR. You can find any and all of your NFR tickets needs at Vegastickets.com or call 877-467-4697 and speak with one of our courteous representatives if you have any questions. Bids were made by Dallas, Texas and Kissimmee, Florida to become the new host cities starting 2015. However, on January 24, 2014 the PRCA signed a contract extension through 2024 with the official Las Vegas sponsor, Las Vegas Events. If you are unable to make it to a live event, sports book or a scheduled resort party to watch the event, as of 2014 the National Finals Rodeo moved to CBS Sports Network so everyone can enjoy the exciting event. What is the end result other than title of World’s best? The NFR consists of ten days that are made up of events where each go-round in each event has its own prizes having the best combined results over the ten day that are referred to as “the average”. Payouts are based on the total prize pool. For every $208,000 in the prize pool, the top six in each go-round receive $620, $490, $370, $260, $160, and $100, and the top eight in the average receive #1590, $1290, $1020, $750, $540, $390, $270, and $150. If you have not had the pleasure of watching a wiry 120lb cowboy hold onto the back of a 2,000 lb bull, you do NOT want to miss this show!