The Nationals Finals Rodeo has been the foremost rodeo competition for more than a decade. Wrangler has gladly acted as the sponsor of this event, with each participant worthy of being deemed Wrangler tough. Many of the fans arriving inLas Vegasto enjoy the 10-day event at the Thomas andMackCenterwith Nationals Finals Rodeo tickets are equally as Wrangler tough.
These fans come from around the globe. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has been proclaimed the Super Bowl of the rodeo by more than just the founding organization. Large populations in north of the border in Canada, south of the border in Mexico, well south of the border in Brazil and Argentina, and well west and south of the continent in Australia and New Zealand have made competitions like bull riding and calf roping popular. For these fans in these countries, there is nothing more exciting than the eight seconds a rider must match the bull’s tenacity to even necessitate a score.
The NFR has a history dating back nearly 55 years. Starting with a brief tenure inDallasandLos Angeles, the PRCA found its first consistent home inOklahoma City. The state and the city had a history of putting together the kind of State Fair-style celebrations that is appreciated by the typical rodeo fan. However, rodeo, like country, can be a little rock and roll. So, in search of a little more glitz and glamor, the National Finals moved toLas Vegasto take residence at the Thomas andMackCenter. The city had more than enough hotels and post-show entertainment to satisfy the need of the 170,000 who show up every year to enjoy the best in seven categories determined each December.
The seven categories of the rodeo include the aforementioned bull riding, but also include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and steer wrestling. Event that do not involve quite as much moxie, but perhaps emphasize more finesse and skill are team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing.