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National Finals Rodeo Schedule

In 2016, The National Finals Rodeo takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFR is held at the Thomas & Mack Center on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) campus during the first full week of December.

It is a huge production to bring the NFR to Las Vegas, even in Sin City, and hundreds of employees toil to make the event a success. In addition to the Rodeo, there is obviously tons to do in Las Vegas. You can check out or Las Vegas Events page for more to do while you are in town.

The National Finals Rodeo has been sold-out in advance of the event every year since 1975, but fear not, you can still purchase tickets on Ticket Liquidator. Get ready to live it up in Las Vegas this December. Make sure you lasso your tickets to the 2016 National Finals Rodeo today!

About the National Finals Rodeo

The National Finals Rodeo is an annual championship event to determine the world champion in each of the rodeo’s seven main events. Organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the first NFR was held in Dallas, Texas in 1959. Today, Las Vegas is the host of the 10-day event, bringing more than 170,000 fans annually to UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Wrangler became the first title sponsor of the championship in 2001.

As the final rodeo event of the year, world championship titles are awarded at the end of the NFR to those who earned the most money in his or her event that year. The highest-earning cowboy who has competed in multiple events throughout the year is dubbed, "World All-Around Rodeo Champion Cowboy," quite an honor to be sure, and you can be there to see 2016's winner crowned as well.

A winner is also crowned for each event in the NFR. The events at the NFR include:

  • Bareback riding
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Steer wrestling
  • Team roping, divided into Headers (cowboys who rope the steer’s head) and Heelers (those who rope the steer’s heel)
  • Tie-down roping (or calf roping)
  • Bull riding
  • Barrel racing

Each event of the NPR has its own prizes, as well as prizes for the best combined results over the championship, known as “the average.” 

National Finals Rodeo tickets let you see the culmination of a season's worth of riding. This year's even promises to be bigger than ever, with more than $5 million in prize money on the line for these tough competitors. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been completely sold out the past 20 years. That’s 17,500 National Finals Rodeo tickets sold each day, a total of 175,000 NFR tickets each December. Don't miss out on all the action and be sure to get your National Finals Rodeo tickets Las Vegas ASAP.

This incredible spectacle takes hundreds of man hours, an estimated 450-500 people work on bringing the National Final Rodeo to life each year. The National Finals Rodeo also sees more than 800 head of livestock are required to bring the vent to life. That break down to 100 bucking bulls, 200 bucking horses, 75 calves, 120 steer, 120 horses and 80 flag horses. These animals will eat approximately 60 tons of grain and 190 tons of hay over the course of the National Final Rodeo!

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