FESTIVITIES FIT FOR CHAMPIONS SCHEDULED AT MGM GRAND DURING
2014 WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
Enjoy Free Live Entertainment, Cowboy Appearances and More, Nightly at MGM Grand – ‘Home of the Champions’
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Saddle up and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to experience multiple activities fit for a champion. 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 16 Wrangler NFR Gold Buckle-winning athletes, including 19-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.
Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
Rope a partner (or two!) and head to the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone, located next to KÀ Theatre. The space will provide a nightly party rodeo fans will not want to miss. Activities include live feeds of the rodeo, dancing and an exciting lineup of live country music. Admission is complimentary.
• December 4 – 5: Lucas Hoge
• December 6: Clay Walker
• December 7 – 8: Trick Pony
• December 9 – 10: The Swon Brothers
• December 11 – 13: The Randy Rogers Band
New to the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone is Late Night at the Zone presented by Roper. Beginning at 12:30 a.m. nightly, the space will turn into a high-energy, late-night party. Dee Jay Silver is scheduled to entertain rodeo fans December 4, 6 – 11 and 13. He has previously toured with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Rascal Flatts, among others, and is set to head out on the road with Aldean in 2015.
2014 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. More than 20 athletes comprise the elite Home of the Champions Cowboys roster including 19-time World Champion Trevor Brazile and reigning PRCA World Champions Kaycee Feild (Bareback Riding, 2011 – 2013) and J.W. Harris (Bull Riding, 2008 – 2010 and 2013). Other Home of the Champions cowboys include Tuf Cooper, 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. 5 and Monday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nightly NFR Live Feed & the “Wrangler NFR Countdown Show”
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live inside the 740-seat Wrangler Hollywood Theatre December 4 – 13. Fans in attendance will enjoy drink specials, door prizes and giveaways.
The Wrangler Hollywood 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 4 – 13 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. nightly. Fans also can watch the program as it streams online at wranglernetwork.com.
Multi-talented comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy routine at the Hollywood Theatre December 7 – 13 at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets priced at $59.99, $69.99 and $89.99 (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 and Doug Williams who will perform December 1 – 7. Garrett will perform with Cowboy Bill Martin and Michael Malone December 8 – 14. All shows are scheduled at 9 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 8 – 14 when Garrett is scheduled to perform.
NRS Shopping Experience
For the fourth consecutive year, MGM Grand will host the city’s greatest shopping experience inside its Marquee Ballroom Thursday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The ballroom will feature more than 40 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 and fashion shows.
2015 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 30 – December 6 that concludes with the crowning of the 2015 Miss Rodeo America. More than 30 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.
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