The Wrangler NFR is by far the largest, richest, and most prestigious rodeo event in the whole world. This year’s event will be held in Texas at the Globe Life Field, outside Dallas rather than the familiar Thomas and Mack Center. This season will bring together rodeo lovers and cowboys from all over the US to compete, watch and ride.
The Texas event is the rodeo season’s culmination, which saw participants compete for the top 15 spots. The events cut across bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and other exciting cowboy games to take home top honors and a chunk of the multi-million dollar purse. NFR TV schedule is released for 2020.
While the Wrangler NFR is an exciting event by itself, there are other events featured in the festival that will grab your attention and love. The NFR brings out impressive performers who are there to not only sing the national anthem but also perform on stage Cowboy Corral before and after each rodeo performance. Some of the biggest and loved country music acts will play at various spots throughout Texas. Some of the acts that appeared last year and are expected this year include; Trace Adkins, Kevin Fowler, George Strait, Rodney Carrington, and many more.
There are plenty of After Parties you can catch on while you are in Texas, and you can crown it all with Ames Cake treat. While we await the official rollout and after-party schedules from the organizers, here are some of the parties that went down in Vegas last year:
The Fremont Street Experience
Dates: December 4 – 4:30pm – 11pm
Venue: The Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas
Event: A Kick-Off Party featuring a full-length performance by country music artists
Admission: Free/open to the public
The Wrangler NFR Kickoff Party
Dates: December 4th – 10 pm
Venue: the South Point Showroom
Event: The Official Wrangler Kickoff Party. Features a concert
Admission: Free/open to the public.
There are also nightly after-party events that you can attend. Some that went down in Vegas last year include:
The Rodeo Vegas After Party
When: December 5-14 9 pm till dawn
Venue: The Mirage Resort and Casino Sports Bar
Event: The official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Features live country music from the biggest acts and bands, rodeo drink specials, Ames cakes, and so much more.
Admission: free/open to the public.
The Downtown Viewing Party
When: December 5-14 6 pm till dawn.
Venue: the Downtown Events Centre
Event: Fans were able to watch NFR live streaming from the best seats at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre, which hosted NFR viewing parties open and free to the public every night.
Cowboys and Indians After Party
When: December 5-14 from 6 pm till dawn
Venue: the Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel
Event: From here, rodeo fans were able to watch NFR for free and stay for entertainment from some of the biggest names in country music.
Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball
When: December 5,6,7,12,13 and 14 from 6:30pm till dawn
Venue: the Cohiba Ballroom at Tropicana Las Vegas
Event: The Live NFR stream followed by Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball. It was held at the Cohiba Ballroom inside the Tropicana Las Vegas Resort and Casino and was hosted by the legendary Gary Leffew and is open to all the public.
While the PRCA has yet to release the complete roll of events to be held at this year’s Wrangler, we can expect great fun at the Globe Life Field. Judging by the energy and form we witnessed at last year’s NFR, this year’s will be nothing short of glorious excitement and great entertainment. If you are a rodeo fan or might be around Texas this December, this is the rodeo event you will want to be at. Moreover, there are many things to get on to during the after-party to keep you entertained throughout the season.
Remember the venue change is only for a year, and the prior seasons will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center through to 2025. This venue change was due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has struck much of the world, and we hope that once it clears, the rodeo will take off with as much energy as was had last year and the previous years.