National Finals Rodeo Schedule
It is December which means rodeo lovers will be heading to Las Vegas for National
Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center. This event is such a big deal in the rodeo world that it also alternatively referred
to as the Super Bowl of Rodeo or the World Series of Rodeo. From Wednesday, December 11th through Saturday, December 14th
the best in rodeo will be on display at Thomas and Mack Center as the premiere cowboys and cowgirls from all around the world
will compete for the top spot in a variety of events. The athleticism, pride, and artistry on display at a world class rodeo
event is unmatched in the world of sports.
Merely being chosen to participate in National Finals Rodeo is an honor in
and of itself but no true cowboy or cowgirl will be willing to settle for just participating and will be giving it their all
to take home the top prize. The four day contest will show attendees just how much pride these cowboys have and their sheer
desire to be recognized as the best in their sport. You may be able to catch some of the action at home on television, but
you will not see all of it and that experience pales in comparison to being in the Thomas and Mack Center when the competition
is in full swing.
Each December Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada is transformed into
cowboy heaven as cowboys and rodeo aficionados descend upon the arena for four days of non-stop action and excitement. The
second you set foot into Thomas and Mack Center you will realize you are someplace special as you can smell that unique rodeo
aroma in the air and see all of the powerful yet graceful animals itching to be set loose. From the animals to the fans to
the announcers and rodeo clowns to the cowboys themselves, rodeo offers an environment that is unrivaled in any other sporting
event. This is truly a competition the entire family will enjoy, National Finals Rodeo allows those in the audience to be
part of a long standing American tradition that is going strong to this very day. There is quite simply no other event in
professional rodeo that matches the high quality of competition at National Finals Rodeo so be sure to make your plans to
be in Las Vegas this December sooner rather than later.
Rodeo competitions put on display skills
which can be traced all the way back to jobs ranchers needed to do back in 19th century Spain and eventually in North and
South America when ranching began to gain traction in the Americas. In the early 1800's there were a few informal rodeo contests
in northern Mexico and the western United States, but it was only in 1872, after the Civil War, when the first true formal
rodeo contest was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Rodeo is still incredibly popular in the western United States and parts of Canada
and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women's Professional Rodeo Association governs the professional rodeo scene
and the sport began to really grow in popularity in the late 19th and early 20th century thanks to stars like Annie Oakley
and Buffalo Bill Cody and their popular Wild West Shows. Even now rodeo has a powerful grip on pop culture and remains a uniquely
American sport that any sports lover owes it to himself to check out.
The Fan Experience
National Finals Rodeo it is hard not to get wrapped up in all of the excitement whether you have been attending the event
for years or are new to it. The second fans enter the arena it is obvious that rodeo is in possession of some of the most
dedicated athletes and fans of any sport in the world. The generous performers are constantly eager to take pictures with
kids and sign autographs and mingle with fans and sign autographs while the skilled and informative announcers make the competition
easy to follow for even the most novice attendee. Anyone who has been to a National Finals Rodeo is constantly eager to buy
tickets for the next year's event which can come soon enough. Of course, the event is held in Las Vegas, a city brimming with
entertainment options and attractions so you might want to reserve a little extra time to check out the city and its fabulous
resorts and restaurants.
Although the first organized rodeo took place in Cheyenne, Wyoming in
1872, Prescott, Arizona has laid claim to having held the first professional rodeo back in 1888 as they were the first to
charge admission and hand out trophies. In the 1920's the first organized rodeo associations began to appear and rodeo has
had a strong hold on pop culture ever since.