If you didn’t live around Las Vegas before it had an Eiffel Tower and New York City skyline dotting the Strip, then you might be surprised that Southern Nevada’s roots are buried deep in western culture.
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:
Lewis Feild left the 1985 National Finals Rodeo with his first two world championships, in the first year the world’s richest rodeo was held in Las Vegas.
Trevor Brazile will feel right at home tonight when he rides into the Thomas & Mack Center for the opening of the National Finals Rodeo — and not just because the 33-year-old Texan has competed in the event every year since 1998.