The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo runs from December 3 -14, and there has been the change of its arena from Las Vegas, Nevada to Arlington, Texas.
The new home for the Wrangler NFR is the Globe Life Field, which will be featuring its first-ever major non-baseball event. The organizers from the event have given their word that every attendee will have to comply with all health and protocols set by relevant authorities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
A move to the Arlington Arena could boost the city’s struggling entertainment sector with a large crowd. The local economy is now expected to mint millions from this new deal.
The move was possible through a partnership between the governor’s office, Fort Worth, and Arlington following the Globe Life Field struggles with Major League Baseball event that saw no fans in the stands,
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams expressed how the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for the city to thrive as their primary revenue is tourism. He stated that the NFR moving to Arrington will help them get back to business as it’s a significant boost to the overall economy.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price talked of how they can safely and healthily host such an enormous event after they hosted NASCAR’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway back in July.
The CEO of the PRCA, George Taylor, expressed his gratitude following this move by saying that they are pleased to be at this fantastic stadium. It’s the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar. He went on to add that they are thrilled to be in Texas and will make sure to showcase a spectacular event for their fans.
This was not the main reason for the move, but NFR organizers had to because of the challenges posed while the event was in Las Vegas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the announcement on Wednesday, both Arlington and Fort Worth Mayors were in discussions with the CEO of the Texas Rangers and a few rodeo executives to make sure the move to Globe Life Field was confirmed.
The PRCA has been searching for an alternative field for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since summer, and such a partnership has made it possible with Globe Life Field.
Arlington hosts the main events of the Wrangler NFR, while Fort Worth will host the annual PRCA Convection, Wrangler NFR 2020 experience, Cowboy Christmas, and other fan-favorite events.
Safety measures will be reinforced at the Globe Life Field. There will be sanitizing and hand washing booths throughout the new home of Wrangler NFR to accommodate a massive crowd while abiding by the government’s strict COVID-19 rules.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is a 10-day event, and tickets can be obtained publicly via texasrangers.com/NFR by September 25, 2020. CBS Sports Network will air 2020 NFR live from Arlington, Texas.
Ticket seats are expected to be sold in groups of four people. Additionally, there will be a separation between those groups to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Other safety protocols to be put into action at the Globe Life Field are no-bag policy, mobile ticketing, and mask requirements.
Now, rodeo fans have Globe Life Field as their NFR venue to accommodate all fans and deliver the full NFR experience.