Midway through Wednesday’s announcement confirming the 2020 NFR will be temporarily moving from Las Vegas to Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price made it official.
The pandemic will move the National Finals Rodeo, one of the most successful special events on the Las Vegas calendar, to the home of baseball’s Texas Rangers this year.
The retail gift show, held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, won’t occur because of the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of whether the rodeo occurs.
In its 34th year, Cowboy Christmas and its more than 300 exhibitors take over more than seven and a half football fields worth of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The National Finals Rodeo has grown exponentially over 35 years, thanks to a strategy of developing a variety of events appealing to fans who don’t even go to the rodeo.
While there’s no contemplation of the National Finals Rodeo moving to Allegiant Stadium, having NFR and the National Football League at the same time isn’t without issues.