The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is moving from Las Vegas to Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott welcomed to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) back to Texas Wednesday after the organization selected Arlington and Fort Worth as the host cities.
The Wrangler NFR is the season-ending championship event for the PRCA and is widely acknowledged to be the world's premier rodeo.
The Wrangler NFR and NFR Experience will be held from December 3 through December 12.
A 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.
"We are proud to welcome the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, showcasing the very best competitors and livestock in the world, back to the Lone Star State," said Governor Abbott. "Western sports have long been part of the Texas brand, and Texas fans will be thrilled to see these competitors back in the saddle after being bucked off by COVID-19. Texas is committed to working alongside our communities to ensure they have the tools needed to spur tourism, and grow jobs and their local economies. I congratulate the PRCA on selecting Arlington and Fort Worth, and on coming back home to Texas where the very first NFR was held."
“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.”
The PRCA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is the oldest and biggest rode-sanctioning body in the world.