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National Finals Rodeo coming to Fort Worth, Arlington in December

Posted Sept. 10, 2020

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Gov. Greg Abbott, Mayor Betsy Price and other local officials welcomed the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association back to Texas. Fort Worth and Arlington will host the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the NFR Experience Dec. 3-12, 2020.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo, showcasing the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.

Rodeo action will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Fort Worth will host the annual PRCA Pro Rodeo Convention in addition to Cowboy Christmas and more fan-favorite events.

“We are a rodeo city and we’ve roped a big one,” Price said. “The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is an incredible win for our region and another example of how Fort Worth can host major events safely during this unprecedented time. This summer, Fort Worth has hosted major, national events in golf, racing and bull riding. Sporting events like the Wrangler NFR are a vital part of our visitor economy that creates jobs and supports our recovery.”

A state Major Events Reimbursement Program fund of $7.1 million has been established, based on the projected economic impact to the two cities resulting from increased tax revenue and spending associated with the event being held in Texas.

“We are so pleased to be at Globe Life Field for the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar,” said George Taylor, chief executive officer of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “We are committed to delivering a safe, spectacular event for our fans and we are thrilled to be in Texas for it.”

Neil Leibman, chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers, said Globe Life Field officials have emphasized that recommended health and safety standards are being met. Safety measures will include a mask requirement at all times while inside Globe Life Field, and there will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations throughout the building.

Seats will be sold in groups of four with separation between groups. Contact-limiting measures, such as mobile tickets, have been implemented throughout the event. There will also be metal detector screenings and a no-bag policy at entries on performance nights.

The NFR was born in Texas and the first three years of the event were held at the Dallas State Fairgrounds beginning in 1959. Years later, the event moved to Las Vegas and has been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV in Las Vegas since 1985. That venue is not available for live entertainment with fans this year due to coronavirus restrictions in Nevada.

Tickets for Wrangler NFR 2020 go on sale Sept. 25.

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