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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has conducted a survey, and the results could not be clearer: PRCA fans want to attend the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, regardless of location.
In early August, the PRCA and Las Vegas Events surveyed fans nationwide. With more than 40,000 responses, nearly 80 percent said they would travel to attend the NFR. Given an array of options, most fans prefer to see the event somewhere in Texas.
“The fans have spoken, and we hear them,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “Our fans are imperative to the National Finals Rodeo. The PRCA is committed to the NFR, our sponsors, our members and our fans.”
The PRCA is asking rodeo fans to sign up to get early news on the announcement of a location for the 2020 Wrangler NFR (sign up here). Fans will get advance notice of the 2020 venue plus a chance to win a pair of tickets to one performance of the Wrangler NFR.
When it came to other events critical to the 2020 NFR, the most important event for fans was Cowboy Christmas, at nearly 90%, followed by the Wrangler NFR Nightly Buckle Presentation.
The PRCA is committed to finding a location to host the NFR and to provide ample space for the additional events that come with the PRCA’S marquee event.
“We’re watching other professional sports struggle,” Taylor said. “This has been a tough year for all of us. Our approach to getting through this is to listen to our fans and to stay connected to the character of the cowboys who are at the center of rodeo.”
In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, PRORODEO fans indicated that hand sanitizing stations were the most important aspect of maintaining a clean arena. Enhanced sanitizing was also high on the priority list, while masks being offered, temperature checks, maintaining social distancing, cashless processes and queuing lines were deemed less important.
Las Vegas isn’t a feasible option to host the NFR this year, so the PRCA has been exploring other options.
The PRCA is committed to recreating the experience of the NFR in Las Vegas wherever it lands, and a decision on the 2020 venue will be announced by September 30.