The LVCVA officially forecasts 170,750 attendees for the 2018 NFR, but that just covers the full house at the Thomas Mack for 10 performances. The conservative economic impact estimate is $113 million.
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, five men sporting cowboy hats, boots and denim jeans trotted into Gilley’s Saloon inside Treasure Island to join the crowd of some 200 people drinking beer and dancing the night away. Yep, National Finals Rodeo is back in Las Vegas.
The most talented cowboys in the country are returning to Las Vegas in two weeks and this time they’re going to make a lot more money at the National Finals Rodeo.
Less than a year after the National Finals Rodeo nearly left Las Vegas for new pastures, the Super Bowl of rodeos and Las Vegas have patched things up and look to celebrate the NFR’s 30th year in Southern Nevada next month.
The Las Vegas Events board on Thursday began evaluating a counteroffer made by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to keep the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas but did not make a decision on the PRCA proposal.
The chairman of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association board, which governs the popular 10-day rodeo held in Las Vegas for nearly three decades, said Monday that his board wants to make a counter offer that would keep the NFR in Las Vegas after 2014.
After four years of scouting fanfest events at the Super Bowl and NBA and Major League Baseball All-Star Games, Las Vegas Events rolled out its own interactive Cowboy FanFest this week to give rodeo fans a chance to chat with sport superstars such as Trevor Brazile, compete in an offbeat Redneck Rodeo and allow kids to do mutton bustin’ in a replica NFR arena.
Many rodeo aficionados have made the South Point and its Equestrian Center their home base for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and satellite events.