The world series of rodeo has been around since 1959. Thousands of the best of cowboys have had the honor to compete in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in a bid to become the undisputed champion of one of the event’s seven divisions. The NFP divisions are: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and time-down roping. The National Finals Rodeo is put on each year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), who invites the top fifteen money-earners in the league to Vegas. The cowboys are put through ten rounds of competition over ten days, with the top eight earning substantial prize money. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for National Finals Rodeo tickets.
Combined with their year-to-date bounties, the division champions are determined by their overall gross. This is the richest rodeo on earth with a purse expected to be close to $6 million dollars! Each round pays the top 6 places from $17k to $3k, wining the average is the key to big money with the payout ranging from $43k to $4, plus the overall winner getting a fancy solid gold belt buckle. In 1984, the business leaders of Las Vegas offered $800,000 more in prize money than their OKC counterparts, an offer the PRCA couldn’t refuse.
The NFR at Thomas & Mack Center Address: 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89154
The Nationals Final Rodeo takes place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a capacity of almost 20,000 the venue is electrifying during events. The most recent round of renovations occurred in 2008 where a huge LED scoreboard was mounted in the center of the arena to ensure you don’t miss any of the action. The bucking chutes at NFR are located at the Thomas and Mack Center end in front of sections 101/122 and the roping end is located on the opposite side in front of sections 111-112. Thomas and Mack Center parking is covered in our NFR event guide.
2016 NFR Experience
The NFR runs for 10 full days and there is also the Cowboy Christmas Show running the same time located at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Paradise Road & Desert Inn), just one block off the strip. It’s the premiere shopping featuring jewelry, western wear, boots, art and furniture from over 400 merchants. Cowboy Fanfest is also located in the convention center and offers over 100,000 square feet of interactive space, exhibits, championship livestock and autograph sessions. Admission is free and it’s open daily from 10a-5p.
National Finals Rodeo Event Guide
Where is the best place to sit for the NFR?
If you want to be close enough see and hear everything, and get some dirt on you, VIP Gold Buckle seating (located in the first five rows: FF-JJ) of sections 104-110 and 113-116 is for you. Please note that some of these seats may have obstructed views if close to the stalls. The bucking chutes are located on the end of the stadium under sections 101 and 122, perfect for bull riding and bronc busting. Sections 111-112 sit above the roping end giving perfect view of team roping and time-down roping.
What are Gold Buckle Seats?
NFR Gold Buck Seats refer to some of the top seats at Thomas and Mack Center. NFR Gold Buckle Seats are located in the first five rows marked FF-JJ in sections 104-110, and 113-116. The seats are so close to the action, you can practically touch the horses, bulls, and riders.
What are Mad Dash Tickets?
Mad Dash Tickets give fans access to the concourse at Thomas and Mach Center. If there are open seats on the balcony area, Mad Dash Ticket holders are allowed to sit in the empty seat, so long as the original ticket holder does not return to claim the seat. If there are no available seats in the balcony, Mad Dash ticket holders are allowed to remain in the concourse, and watch the rodeo from the standing room only areas.
What is the way to get to and from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas during NFR?
The NFR Express is a complimentary shuttle bus that runs before and after each rodeo performance. Shuttle busses leave about every 15 minutes from each of the host hotels. The schedules vary slightly. You can ride the shuttles if you are not staying at the host hotels, but they will only stop at host hotels.
How can I get cheap National Finals Rodeo tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of National Finals Rodeo tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. National Finals Rodeo ticket prices can fluctuate in the months leading up to the rodeo. TicketCity has been a source for National Finals Rodeo tickets for 20+ years. The National Finals Rodeo is the biggest rodeo in the country, so if you’re looking for cheap tickets you may want to act early.
Does my child need a ticket to get in?
Kids three and under do not require a ticket to enter the Thomas and Mack Center, they are required to sit on the lap of a ticketed adult.