NFR is the Biggest Rodeo Event of the Year

The National Finals Rodeo will be taking place in less than two months and rodeo fans are eagerly awaiting the beginning of festivities. Considered the Super Bowl of its sport, the National Finals Rodeo (colloquially known as “NFR”) has the top fifteen cowboys in the sport compete in seven rodeo events for a total of $6.375 million in prize money.  Approximately 200,000 fans attended the events last year with thousands of others descending upon Las Vegas for watch parties at sponsor hotels.  It has become one of the biggest live events of the year, regardless of form of entertainment, and that certainly is the case when it comes to the secondary ticket market.

The National Finals Rodeo takes place at the Thomas Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas-Nevada.  Recently, it was announced that the Rodeo plans to stay at the venue for another decade rather than move to the MGM Resorts International/AEG Arena currently being built on the Strip in Vegas. With close to a $90 million economic impact on non-gaming spending in the region, it’s a big agreement for the Thomas & Mack Center. As the Rodeo is on the rise and they expect to continue to generate huge crowds going forward, even though fans will find tickets rather pricey.

Currently, the average ticket price for National Finals Rodeo tickets is $214 on the secondary market. The cheapest day for NFR tickets is Monday, December 10th which currently has an average ticket price of just $184.

The most expensive day is the final evening, December 15th.  The current average price is a whopping $284 and a get-in price of $139.

The best seats at NFR are the VIP Gold Buckle seating (located in the first five rows: FF-JJ) of sections 104-110 and 113-116 is for you. The seats are so close to the action, you can practically touch the horses, bulls and riders, but please note that some of these seats may have obstructed views if they’re close to the stalls. The bucking chutes are located on the end of the stadium under sections 101 and 122, perfect for bull riding and bronc busting. Sections 111-112 sit above the roping end giving perfect view of team roping and time-down roping.

While NFR is the main event, some of the biggest entertainment during NFR happens after the rodeo. Several of country music’s top artists come to Las Vegas to perform during the weeks of NFR and the event always drives the most demand of any rodeo event world-wide. Luckily, fans still have the opportunity to purchase tickets for any of the ten days of the rodeo here.