The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will celebrate its 30th year in Las Vegas when it heads to the City of Sin from December 4-13. The NFR is held during the first full week of December each year and has become a staple at the Thomas & Mack Center near the University of Nevada. Deemed “the Super Bowl of Rodeo”, the Nationals Finals Rodeo has already seen NFL-like ticket prices on the secondary market though two months still remain before it begins.
On the secondary market, the average price for National Finals Rodeo tickets is currently $244.51 over its 10-day stay in Las Vegas. Prices are rather sporadic as the rodeo continues, though the final two days on December 12 and 13 will be the most expensive. December 12 NFR tickets are currently listed at an average secondary price of $315.07 while the rodeo’s final day on December 13 has an average price of $390.47. Its cheapest day will be its opening day on December 4, with an average price currently at $185.40 on the secondary market.
The rodeo consists of multiple events over its 10 days, with each event issuing cash prizes to its winners. The cowboy with the best combined results over the rodeo’s 10 days receives additional revenue, as their “average score” determines larger prizes. The prize pool in 2012 garnered $6,125,000, with each event averaging a pay of $46,821 for first-place honors.
In addition to the rodeo itself taking place over its week-and-a-half stay in Las Vegas, the Cowboy FanFest will also include the marriage opportunity for couples looking to get hitched in the middle of the rodeo between December 4 and 13. The event will take place at “The Rope ‘Em In Wedding Chapel, located inside the Las Vegas Convention Center, and guests are encouraged to reserve a time if they seek to tie the knot at the country’s biggest rodeo of the year. The matrimonial affair will be sponsored by Zappos, one of the largest online product distribution companies in the world