NATIONAL FINALS RODEO: 1985-2009


The 2009 National Finals Rodeo marks the 25th year that the event has been held in Las Vegas and at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 10-day rodeo remains the biggest in the world, with the best rodeo athletes, but much of the landscape has changed around the event. Following are facts and figures comparing the 1985 NFR with the 2009 NFR:

Attendance
1985 - 142,000
2008 - 172,747*

Prize money
1985 - $1.79 million
2008 - $5.75 million

Go-round win payout
1985 - $8,080
2008 - $17,139

NFR event title
1985 - $17,574
2008 - $43,954

TV coverage in hours
1985 - 2 taped
2008 - 25 live, 43 taped

Gallon of gas
1985 - $1.19
2008 - $2.60

1985 Dodge pick-up truck
1985 - $6,871
2008 - $21,520

Wrangler jeans
1985 - $12.97
2008 - $16

Justin ostrich boots
1985 - $179
2008 - $225

Coors 12-pack
1985 - $4.99
2008 - $11.49

* 2008 attendance; NFR has had 220 consecutive sellout performances in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS NFR ENTERTAINMENT

1985 -- Tammy Wynette, George "Goober" Lindsey, Lee Greenwood, David Copperfield, Larry Gatlin

2009 -- Cher, Donnie & Marie, Bill Engvall, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Greenwood, Wayne Newton, Terry Fator

NO. 1 POP SONG

1985 -- "Careless Whisper" by Wham!

2009 -- "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

NO. 1 COUNTRY SONG

1985 -- "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)" by Lee Greenwood

2009 -- "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

NO. 1 GROSSING MOVIE

1985 -- "Back to the Future"

2009 -- "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"

 

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