2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.Thousands of fans are expected to pack the Thomas and Mack for the National Finals Rodeo.
The event has provided a huge boost to Las Vegas in the month of December. This year, the Wrangler NFR starts on December 1st and ends on the 10th.The Wrangler NFR has sold out 300 consecutives performances.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is right up there with the best of them. The first go-round of the 2016 WNFR rides at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Thomas &Mack Center, setting off another run of 10 sold-out nights that will bring the Super Bowl of Rodeo’s streak to an even 300.
“When the WNFR moved in, we knew we were on to something,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, which operates the WNFR, working in conjunction with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
It took a couple of years for that “on to something” to really take hold, but since 1987, every night of the WNFR has been a sellout.
National Finals in Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in both the world all-around and tie-down roping title races. He also will enter the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., ranked 13th in the steer roping world standings.
Cooper is ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2017 world all-around title race with $214,131 in regular season earnings.
Cooper has earned nine trips to the Las Vegas-based National Finals (in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017). When Cooper competed at the NFR in 2008-2015, Trevor Brazile wore the No. 1 back number.
NFR qualifier, and 2005 NFR Tie-Down Champion Ryan Jarrett will square off against three-time NFR qualifier and 2015 World Champion Tie-Down roping champion Caleb Smidt.
Jarrett comes back to San Angelo as the reigning champion with two consecutive wins in 2015 and 2016. The San Angelo Roping Committee has conveyed the invite and it has been accepted by Smidt to showcase his talent here.