MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, Excalibur and Circus Circus have partnered with Las Vegas Events and the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) for the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Thursday, Dec. 1 Saturday, Dec. 10.
The resorts will feature a variety of live entertainment, live nightly broadcasts as well as a number of autograph sessions prior to and following all 10 of the WNFR performances.
For the fourth consecutive year MGM Grand is “Home of the Champions” as the resort hosts more than 25 cowboys throughout the 10 days of competition. The resort will offer guests the opportunity to watch the telecast live each night inside the 740-seat Hollywood Theatre. All WNFR fans in attendance will enjoy nightly contestant appearances, drink specials, door prizes and giveaways.
For the first time, MGM Grand is unveiling the greatest shopping experience in the city inside its Marquee Ballroom. The 90,000-square-foot ballroom will feature more than 60 of the most popular rodeo brands including Wrangler, Cinch, Roper, Ariat, Justin, Resistol, Stetson, Tony Lama, Circle Y Saddles, Classic and Cactus, among others. Also on-site will be tack equipment, rope making displays, fashion shows and an opportunity for one lucky fan to win a single horse trailer courtesy of Twister Trailer and NRS.
Throughout the 10-day event, fans can visit the “Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone” located at Centrifuge, the resort’s entertainment bar featuring live music, dancing, shows, drink specials and drawings in an energetic environment, where eight-time All-Around World Champion Trevor Brazile’s Championship Gold Buckles and Saddles will be on display. Special fan NFR room and ticket packages are available as well by calling 800-398-1245 or visiting www.mgmgrand.com/nfr.
WNFR Autograph Signings
Who: More than 25 Cowboys including eight-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy Trevor Brazile
Where: MGM Grand Hotel Lobby
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8
2 p.m. 3 p.m.
NASCAR Appearance & Autograph Signing
In addition to the rodeo activities, NASCAR fans will have the chance to meet driver Matt Kenseth. Kenseth, a winner of multiple NASCAR events over the course of his career, will sign autographs for fans Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. in the hotel lobby.
Studio 54/NFR Post-parties “Cowboy All-Star Fans Night Saloon 54”
Where: Studio 54, the two-story nightclub featuring state-of-the-art sound and live music nightly.
When: Friday, Dec. 9 MGM Grand’s WNFR All-Star Fans NightAfter-Party (all MGM Grand-hosted cowboys are scheduled to appear)
Saturday, Dec. 10 VIP post-party hosted by Trevor Brazile with a complimentary live performance with the Eli Young band
Time: Friday 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 p.m.
Price: Cover charge applies to each night’s festivities. Crown Royal and Bacardi drink specials will be offered nightly. Visit www.mgmgrand.com/nfr for more information.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has partnered with Group W Productions, the producers of the annual Cowboy Marketplace, and the United States Team Roping Championship, to create “Cowboyville” for its Wrangler National Finals Rodeo guests. Mandalay Bay will be one of the official host hotels and will be home to the Bullfighters and the U.S. Team Ropers.
The Mandalay Bay Convention Center East Parking Lot will anchor the expansive Cowboy Marketplace presented by Roper. Cowboy Marketplace, a maximum Western shopping experience featuring hundreds of Western vendors, gives fans the opportunity to purchase anything from home goods to clothing. Admission is complimentary.
A nightly live viewing party of the WNFR, hosted by trick roper Anthony Lucia, will be held inside the House of Blues Music Hall. Lucia will offer commentary throughout the evening’s performance while promoting drink specials provided by Bud Light and Jack Daniel’s.
Live complimentary entertainment will be available nightly inside the Mizuya Lounge (Jack Daniel’s Lounge). Ricky and the Redstreaks, long-time favorite of the western crowd, will perform nightly at 11 p.m. Drink specials will be offered by Bud Light and Jack Daniel’s. Additional entertainment will be hosted by House of Blues and tickets are available by visiting www.houseofblues.com. For Mandalay Bay room and ticket information, call (877) 632-7000 or visit www.mandalaybay.com.
Live Entertainment at House of Blues at 10 p.m.
Thursday – Monday, Dec. 1-5 Colt Ford
Saturday, Dec. 3 Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angalenna Pressley)
Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 6-8 Chris Young
Friday/Saturday, Dec. 9 & 10 Gary Allan
The 6th 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 prize drawings and giveaways from Bud Light, Crown Royal and Wrangler, among others, throughout the broadcasts. As the Official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA, “Rodeo Vegas” presents nightly live entertainment over the course of the 10-day WNFR competition. Admission is complimentary through December 9.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, The Mirage will host “The Official 10th Night PRCA World Champions Awards Show” and 10th Night After-Party. The evening’s festivities, highlighted by a presentation of awards to the 2011 PRCA World Champions and recognition of all WNFR contestants, will include a red carpet arrival for all participants, a live performance by Warner Bros. recording artist Frankie Ballard, exclusive prize giveaways, celebrity appearances and much more. Fans can purchase tickets for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information on room packages and tickets to the 10th Night Awards show at The Mirage, call 702-792-7777 or visit www.mirage.com/RodeoVegas.
The Mirage, official home to the WNFR tie-down ropers, will host an autograph session with all of the competing WNFR ropers at BB King’s Friday, Dec. 9 from 12 p.m. 2 p.m. The autograph session, complimentary to the public, is scheduled to include nine-time World Champion Trevor Brazile.
Thursday/Saturday, Dec. 1 & 3 Jason Jones
Friday/Sunday, Dec. 2 & 4 Tyler Farr
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Dec. 5, 7 & 9 Jon Pardi
Tuesday/Thursday, Dec. 6 & 8 The Dirt Drifters
Saturday, Dec. 10 Official 10th Night PRCA World Champions Awards Show & After-Party
Monte Carlo will participate in the 2011 Wrangler NFR and offer fans the opportunity to view the nightly live broadcasts inside The Pub as well as the Race & Sports Book. The resort, home to the Bareback Riders, will host an autograph session Thursday, Dec. 8 from noon 2 p.m. featuring the 15 competitors.
The Pub at Monte Carlo will entertain fans with line-dancing lessons throughout the 10 days of WNFR performances. Lessons will take place from 5:45-6:45 p.m., nightly with the exception of Sunday, Dec. 4 which will be held from 3-4 p.m. The Pub will offer guests a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday featuring $1 wings and sliders, 2-for-1 select domestic drafts and well drinks, as well as a Bud Light and a shot of Jack Daniel’s for $5. An all-you-can-eat BBQ menu will be offered for only $15.95.
Round-trip complimentary shuttle service from Monte Carlo to each WNFR performance will be provided to all rodeo fans. For more information on Monte Carlo room packages or WNFR entertainment, call (800) 311-8999 or visit www.montecarlo.com/nfr.
Live Entertainment at The Pub at 9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1 DJ Kirk
Friday/Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3 Marshal Reign
Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 4-8 DJ Kirk
Friday/Saturday, Dec. 9 & 10 Brian Lynn Jones & The Misfit Cowboys
EXCALIBUR and CIRCUS CIRCUS
Excalibur and Circus Circus will both join in the 2011 Wrangler NFR action with nightly live broadcasts at the two resorts’ Race & Sports Books as well as inside select bars and lounges. The Steakhouse at Circus Circus will offer early dining specials from 4-6 p.m. while The Garden Grill provides guests with a Prime Rib or BBQ Ribs all-you-can-eat menu for only $15.99.
The Lounge at Excalibur along with Rock & Rita’s at Circus Circus will host nightly entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. with a variety of country music bands. Crown Royal, Jack Daniel’s and Coors/Coors Light drink specials will be available at many of the bars and lounges at both Excalibur and Circus Circus throughout the 10 days of rodeo action.
Complimentary autograph sessions will be held at The Rotunda at Excalibur with the WNFR Barrel Racers Friday, Dec. 2 from noon 2 p.m. Top riders including Brittany Pozzi, Lindsay Sears, Sherri Cervi and Brenda Mays are scheduled to appear.
Round-trip complimentary shuttle service from the two resorts to each WNFR performance will be provided. For more information on Excalibur room packages or WNFR entertainment, call (800) 937-7777 or visit www.excalibur.com/nfr. For more information on Circus Circus WNFR opportunities, call (800) 347-2962 or visit www.circuscircus.com/nfr.