MGM Grand, The Mirage and Monte Carlo will once again partner with Las Vegas Events and the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) for the 2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Wrangler NFR) Thursday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 13. The two resorts will feature a variety of live entertainment as well as a number of autograph sessions prior to and following all 10 of the Wrangler NFR performances.
Who: Live performances by legendary band Ricky and The Redstreaks. Ricky and The Redstreaks is comprised of six talented musicians and vocalists from Northern California and Nevada who have combined their high-energy act with off-the-wall comedy.
Where: Studio 54, the two-story nightclub featuring state-of-the-art sound and DJeneration spinning the hottest selection of music nightly.
When: Sunday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 13
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.mgmgrand.com or upon entry to the club. Drink specials also will be offered nightly.
Who: Speed Williams, eight-time World Champion Team Roper Fred Whitfield, seven-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Billy Etbauer, five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc rider Will Lowe, World Champion Bareback rider Josh Peek, current Tie-down Roping leader Royce Ford, Bareback rider currently third on the money list
Where: MGM Grand Hotel Lobby
When: Tuesday, Dec. 9 & Thursday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – Noon
The 3rd Annual “Rodeo Vegas” event inside The Mirage Race & Sports Book will include nightly live broadcasts of all of the Wrangler NFR action as well as Coors and Jack Daniel’s drink specials and prize drawings throughout the broadcasts. “Rodeo Vegas” will feature post-rodeo festivities beginning at 10 p.m. including autograph sessions with top rodeo competitors and contests with exclusive rodeo gear giveaways. Live entertainment also is scheduled for nine evenings over the course of the 10-day event and is complimentary for all fans.
Thursday, Dec. 4 Amanda Henkel & Cody McCarver
Friday/Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6 Derryl Perry
Sunday/Monday, Dec. 7 & 8 Jason Meadows (of USA’s Nashville Star)
Wednesday/Thursday, Dec. 10 & 11 Susie Dobbs
Friday/Saturday, Dec. 12 & 13 Members of George Strait’s Ace in The Hole Band with opening act Katie Armiger
The Mirage also will support the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” (TETWP) program and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation throughout the 2008 Wrangler NFR. The TETWP campaign debuted at the 2005 Wrangler NFR when one night of competition was devoted to breast cancer research and awareness. Rodeo fans and participants wore pink, thus creating the “TETWP Night.” TETWP night at the 2008 NFR competition will be Wednesday, Dec. 10 and The Mirage will sell merchandise at all retail outlets property-wide throughout the day.
Monte Carlo will participate in the 2008 Wrangler NFR with nightly live broadcasts inside the Monte Carlo Brew Pub as well as select evenings in the Race & Sports Book. Drink specials will be offered at the Brew Pub as well as Brand Steakhouse. Post-rodeo festivities will begin at 10 p.m. and include meet and greet opportunities with top rodeo competitors, drawings for rodeo giveaways along with live entertainment scheduled for the Brew Pub and Diablo’s Cantina. Monte Carlo’s exclusive Roper and Stetson store also will carry rodeo merchandise throughout the 10-day event. Entry to all rodeo functions is complimentary.