National Finals Rodeo plans to put $72.5 million in upgrades to UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center to use for December’s finals, representatives announced Thursday.
A 36,000-square-foot Thomas & Mack addition that includes a 2,500-square-foot observation deck overlooking the Las Vegas Strip will be converted into The Shoe, a Western-themed hospitality and interactive experience that will also provide a new entrance door from the northwest side of the arena.
The arena addition, set to be completed next month, will feature interactive areas, the Walk of Champions, saddle displays and several televisions, according to a release from Las Vegas Events, which sponsors NFR. The Shoe will also be the site of CBS Sports’ rodeo pre-show and live feeds of different camera broadcast angles of the event.
National Finals Rodeo season officially spurred off Thursday with the annual promotional photo shoot. This year it was at the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, which seemed a great place for it, considering the Pioneer was established in 1913 and still offers palpable Wild West ambiance.
According to lore, a guy was murdered while cheating at cards at the Pioneer in 1915. You still can see the bullet holes.
The Pioneer also is where Clark Gable reportedly sat at the bar in stunned and mournful silence while volunteers trekked to the top of nearby Mount Potosi on mules where Gable’s wife, Carole Lombard, had perished in a plane crash on Jan. 16, 1942. You can see the infamous rocky ledge from the courtyard out back that is dedicated to the memory of the beloved actress.
EDMONTON — The Canadian Finals Rodeo may be moving to another city in 2017 after the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association declined the latest CFR proposal put forward by the Oilers Entertainment Group and the City of Edmonton.
The CPRA said in a media release Wednesday its board of directors unanimously voted down the proposal last week “after careful consideration.
The CPRA said it offered the city and OEG the grace period “out of respect to the coming 43-year history” in Edmonton.
“From our perspective, this is about our members, fans and sponsors of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. After several months of back and forth proposals, we felt that the CPRA, OEG and the City of Edmonton all made concessions in an attempt to come to an agreement on the proposal,” CPRA GM Dan Eddy said.