Festivities Fit for Champions Scheduled at MGM Grand During 2015 National Finals Rodeo

Festivities Fit for Champions Scheduled at MGM Grand During 2015 National Finals Rodeo
Saddle up and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to experience multiple activities fit for a champion (Pictured: Clay Walker)

The resort, known as the “Home of the Champions,” has scheduled a variety of events for rodeo fans over the 10-day competition. MGM Grand will serve as the official hotel of the NFR Tie-Down Roping contestants and also will host more than 15 Wrangler NFR Gold Buckle-winning athletes, including 22-time World Champion cowboy Trevor Brazile. The full event schedule and special room and ticket packages are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting mgmgrand.com/NFR.

NEW Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
The “Home of the Champions” will introduce a bigger and “grander”Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone for rodeo fans looking to experience the 2015 edition of the National Finals Rodeo. In its new location in the MGM Grand Conference Center, this year’s Gold Buckle Zone will provide a nightly party fans will not want to miss in a space that is even bigger than before. Activities include live feeds of the rodeo, fashion shows, dancing, a mechanical bull and an exciting lineup of live country music. Admission is complimentary so rope a partner (or two!) and prepare for a boot-stomping good time.

  • December 3:  Clay Walker
  • December 4:  Scotty McCreery
  • December 5 & 7:  Gloriana
  • December 6 & 8:  Blackberry Smoke
  • December 9:  The Davisson Brothers
  • December 10 & 11:  Craig Wayne Boyd
  • December 12:  Craig Morgan

Although the live music will end, the non-stop entertainment at the Gold Buckle Zone won’t! Dee Jay Silver’s Country Club After-Party presented by Roper will turn the Conference Center into a high-energy, late-night party zone nightly beginning at 11:30 p.m. Silver has previously toured with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Rascal Flatts, among others.

2015 Home of the Champions Cowboys Autograph Sessions
MGM Grand is not only the official hotel of the Tie-Down Roping competitors, but it houses the most Gold Buckles under one roof. There are 20 athletes who comprise the elite Home of the Champions Cowboys roster including 22-time World Champion Trevor Brazile and reigning PRCA World Champions Kaycee Feild (Bareback Riding, 2011 – 2014) and Tuf Cooper (Tie Down Roping, 2011-2012 and 2014). Additional Home of the Champions cowboys include Sage Kimzey, Will Lowe, Bobby Mote, Cody Ohl, Stran Smith, Cody Teel, Mary Walker and rodeo legend and eight-time World Champion Fred Whitfield, among many others.

Meet all of the athletes when they stop by MGM Grand’s Main Lobby to sign autographs and meet fans. Autograph sessions are scheduled Friday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Wrangler NFR Countdown Show” & Wrangler NFR Live Satellite Feed
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live at the Wrangler Network Theater inside the Gold Buckle Zone beginning at 6:45 p.m. nightly. Fans in attendance will enjoy drink specials, door prizes and giveaways. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Wrangler Network Theatre also will be the location of the “Wrangler NFR Countdown Show” hosted by 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper Stran Smith and his wife Jennifer, a TV journalist specializing in rodeo and a former Miss Rodeo America. The popular husband and wife duo will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective of the National Finals Rodeo as they analyze the nightly stock draw, predict round winners and interview rodeo legends, musical artists and more. The show will take place December 3 – 12 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. nightly.

Rodney Carrington
As part of his Here Comes The Truth tour, comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy routine at theDavid Copperfield Theater December 3 – 12 at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $59.99 (not including applicable taxes and service fees) can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet, online at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (866) 740-7711 or (702) 891-7777.

Rodeo Week at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor Brad Garrett brings top-quality comedy to MGM Grand with his intimate 250-seat comedy club. During the National Finals Rodeo, the venue will feature country-themed comedians Steve McGrew, Sam Fedele, and Drew Thomas who will perform December 1 – 6. Garrett will perform with Cowboy Bill Martin and Quinn Patterson December 7 – 13. All shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. nightly. This show contains adult content and is not recommended for guests under 21 years of age.

Tickets priced at $39, $49 and $59 (not including applicable taxes and service fees) can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet, online at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (866) 740-7711 or (702) 891-7777. Prices are $59, $69 and $79 December 7 – 13 when Garrett is scheduled to perform.

Boot Barn Christmas Corral
New to MGM Grand’s National Finals Rodeo activities is the Boot Barn Christmas Corral. The shopping experience will be located inside the Marquee Ballroom Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The ballroom will feature more than 60 of the most popular rodeo brands including Wrangler, Cinch, Roper, Ariat, Justin, Resistol, Lucchese Boots, among others.

2016 Miss Rodeo America Pageant
As the host hotel of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, MGM Grand will be the location of the eight-day competition November 29 – December 6 that concludes with the crowning of the 2016 Miss Rodeo America. More than 25 contestants will compete for the coveted title with several appearances and activities including the RAM Cowgirl Kickoff Party, the Fashion Show Luncheon and the Miss Rodeo America Coronation, open to the public. For a full schedule, visit missrodeo.com/Pageant/pageant-information.html.