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MGM Resorts International Partners with PRCA for 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

MGM Resorts International Partners with PRCA for
2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Thursday, December 6 – Saturday, December 15

Live Entertainment, Beverage Specials and Autograph Signings Highlight 10 Days of Activities

MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, ARIA, Luxor and Excalibur have partnered with Las Vegas Events and the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) for the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) Thursday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 15.  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.

 

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

For the fifth consecutive year, MGM Grand is “Home of the Champions” as the resort hosts more than 17 World Champion cowboys and cowgirls throughout the 10 days of competition.  The resort also is the official home of this year’s WNFR Tie-Down Roping contestants.  Throughout the 10-day event, a variety of activities and events are scheduled at MGM Grand, guaranteeing fans a fantastic WNFR experience.  Special room and ticket packages also are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting www.mgmgrand.com/nfr.

 

Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
The “Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone,” located at the Central, the resort’s entertainment bar, will provide fans a free party nightly.  Activities include free concerts, live music, dancing, Bailey Hats Burlesque performances, drink specials, fashion shows and giveaways including a nightly drawing to win a saddle by Cactus Saddlery saddle.  WNFR contestants, including nine-time All-Around World Champion Trevor Brazile, also will make nightly appearances.  Brazile will host his official World Championship After-Party Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 9 p.m.

Country music duo LoCash Cowboys will perform in the Gold Buckle Zone Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 p.m.  Academy of Country Music Awards nominee Lee Brice, known for hits including “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love,” will close MGM Grand’s WNFR festivities with a performance Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 p.m.  Admission is complimentary.  For a full event schedule, visit www.mgmgrand.com/nfr.

 

Hollywood Theatre
MGM Grand 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 contestant appearances, drink specials, door prizes and giveaways.

 

Additionally, multi-talented comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington will perform nightly at 10 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $89.99 and $69.99 (not including applicable taxes and service fees) and can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet, online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 866-740-7711 or (702) 891-7777.

 

2012 – 2013 Miss Rodeo America Pageant
As the host hotel of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, MGM Grand will be the location of the 10-day competition that concludes with the crowning of the 2013 Miss Rodeo America.  More than 30 contestants will compete for the coveted title with several appearances and activities including the Miss Rodeo American Fashion Show, autograph signings and the Miss Rodeo America Coronation, open to the public.  For a full schedule, visit www.missrodeoamerica.com/pageant.

 

NRS Shopping Experience
For the second year, MGM Grand is hosting the greatest shopping experience in the city inside its Marquee Ballroom Thursday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  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 two-horse trailer courtesy of Cimarron Trailers and NRS.

 

WNFR Autograph Signings

 

Who:               2012 – 2013 Miss Rodeo America contestants
Where:            Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
When:             Friday, Dec. 7
9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

Who:               Miss Rodeo America 2012 Mackenzie Carr
Where:            Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
When:             Saturday, Dec. 8
9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

Who:               Crown Royal Bull Riders
Where:            Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
When:             Monday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 12
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               Cowboy All-Stars Autograph Session – more than 17 World Champion cowboys and cowgirls including nine-time All-Around World Champion Trevor Brazile
Where:            MGM Grand Lobby
When:             Tuesday, Dec. 11
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Who:               All-Star Autograph Session with nine-time and reigning All-Around World Champion Trevor Brazile
Where:            MGM Grand Lobby
When:             Thursday, Dec. 13
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Who:               WNFR Tie-Down Ropers Autograph Session
Where:            MGM Grand Lobby
When:             Friday, Dec. 14
Noon to 2 p.m.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Mandalay Bay Resort & 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 WNFR guests.  Mandalay Bay will be one of the official host hotels of the 2012 WNFR and will be home to the Bullfighters and the U.S. Team Ropers.  Along with nightly autograph signings, concerts and nightly live broadcasts, Mandalay Bay will host the Cowboy Marketplace.  Special room and ticket packages also are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting www.mandalaybay.com/nfr/.

 

Cowboy Marketplace presented by Roper
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 more than 300 Western vendors, gives fans the opportunity to purchase anything from home goods to clothing.  Admission is complimentary.

 

Nightly WNFR Viewing at Mizuya Lounge
A nightly live viewing party of the WNFR, hosted by trick roper Anthony Lucia, will be held inside Mizuya Lounge.  Lucia will offer commentary throughout the evening’s performance which will include giveaways and drink specials provided by Bud Light and Jack Daniel’s.

 

Following the broadcasts, live complimentary entertainment will be available nightly inside Mizuya Lounge.  All concerts are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.  The line-up is as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 7:   Tony Marques
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Monday, Dec. 10: Fairchild
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Wednesday, Dec. 12:  Vegas Twang
Thursday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 15:  Randy Brown Band

Live Entertainment at House of Blues
Academy of Country Music Award winner Rodney Atkins will perform his hits including “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “These Are My People” and “Take A Back Road,” on the House of Blues main stage Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m.  Popular country band Ricky and the Red Streaks will perform nightly inside Cross Roads at 10:30 p.m.

Additional entertainment will be hosted by House of Blues and tickets are available by visiting www.houseofblues.com.

WNFR Autograph Signings
Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Chad Masters and Kaleb Driggers
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Thursday, Dec. 6
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Kevin Daniel and Chase Tryan joined by Jack Daniel’s Bull Rider Rocky McDonald

Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Friday, Dec. 7
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Charly Crawford and Travis Graves joined by Jack Daniel’s Bull Rider Rocky McDonald
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Saturday, Dec. 8
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               WNFR Bullfighters Darrell Diefenbach, Dusty Tuckness and Kenny Bergeron Autograph Signing
Where:            Cowboy Marketplace
When:             Sunday, Dec. 9
Noon to 1 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Luke Brown and Martin Lucero
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Sunday, Dec. 9
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Monday, Dec. 10
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Brock Hanson and Ryan Motes
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Wednesday, Dec. 12
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Erich Rogers and Kory Koontz
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Thursday, Dec. 13
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               USTRC Autograph Session with Turtle Powell and Dugan Kelly joined by Jack Daniel’s Bull Rider Rocky McDonald
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Friday, Dec. 14
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Who:               Jack Daniel’s Bull Rider Rocky McDonald Autograph Session
Where:            Mizuya Lounge
When:             Saturday, Dec. 15
10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Over the course of the 10-day WNFR competition, The Mirage will host a variety of activities as well as serve as the official home of the Steer Wrestling contestants.  Special room and ticket packages also are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting www.mirage.com/rodeovegas/.

“Rodeo Vegas”

Held in The Mirage Race & Sports Book, the ninth annual “Rodeo Vegas” event will provide a non-stop, 24-hour, 10-night party for rodeo fans.  As the Official NFR After-Party of the PRCA, “Rodeo Vegas” presents nightly live entertainment, drink specials and giveaways over the course of the competition.  Admission is complimentary.

The Mirage has booked some of the best artists in country music with all concerts scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. nightly.  The line-up is as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 6:  Miss Willie Brown
Friday, Dec. 7:  Josh Thompson
Saturday, Dec. 8:  Craig Morgan
Sunday, Dec. 9 – Wednesday, Dec. 12:  Sam Riddle
Thursday, Dec. 13 – Friday, Dec. 14:  Daryle Singletary & Justin McBride
Saturday, Dec. 15:  Chris Cagle

 

Nightly WNFR Viewing at The Mirage Race & Sports Book

The Mirage Race & Sports Book will offer free nightly live broadcasts of all of the Wrangler NFR action.  Join Brandon Bates, on-air talent for the Outdoor Channel’s series “Team Elk,” as he hosts the events which will include prize drawings and giveaways from Bud Light, Crown Royal and Wrangler, among others, throughout the broadcasts.

 

Official Wrangler Tough Enough To Wear Pink After-Party

On Monday, Dec. 10, The Mirage will think pink as the NFR, in conjunction with Wrangler, will host the Official Wrangler Tough Enough To Wear Pink After-Party in the Race & Sports Book.  Contestants and rodeo fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.

Wrangler VIP Lounge packages will be available for $100 with all proceeds benefiting breast cancer research.  The packages include VIP seating for the live performances by country musicians Maggie Rose and Sam Riddle, all-you-can-drink Bud Light drafts, a meet and greet with the Team Mirage cowboys and cowgirls and a Chicks ‘n Chaps swag bag.  Space is limited and access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

WNFR Autograph Signing

 

Who:               WNFR Steer Wrestlers Autograph Session
Where:            North Valet entrance by 1 OAK Nightclub
When:             Wednesday, Dec. 12
Noon to 2 p.m.

Aces of Comedy Series presents Ron White

Best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Ron White will perform in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage December 7 – 8 and December 14 – 15. Tickets are priced at $79.99, $69.99 and $59.99 (not including applicable service charges and taxes) and can be purchased at the Terry Fator box office, online at www.mirage.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.  Guests must be 16 years of age or older to attend.

Monte Carlo  Resort and Casino

Every guest at Monte Carlo is a VIP and the “Very Important Pardners” attending the 2012 Wrangler NFR are no different!  Rodeo fans can enjoy food and drink specials, live broadcasts and entertainment daily at the resort.  Monte Carlo is home to this year’s WNFR Bareback Riding contestants.  Special room and ticket packages also are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting www.montecarlo.com/nfr.

The Pub

The 2012 Wrangler NFR performances will broadcast live nightly at The Pub at Monte Carlo as well as inside the Race & Sports Book.  The Pub will offer guests a happy hour from 3 p.m. –

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.

Guests can kick up their boots as line-dancing lessons will be offered from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. nightly throughout the 10 days.  Additionally, the Bareback Riding contestants will make appearances, meeting rodeo fans and assisting with giveaways.

Following the broadcasts, live entertainment will be available nightly from 9 p.m. to midnight.  DJ Kirk will entertain the crowd Thursday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 9 – Thursday, Dec. 13 while Marshal Reign will take the stage Friday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 14 – Saturday, Dec. 15.

 

WNFR Autograph Signings

 

Who:               WNFR Bareback Riders Autograph Session
Where:            The Pub
When:             Thursday, Dec. 13
Noon to 2 p.m.
Who:               Jack Daniel’s Bull Rider Rocky McDonald Autograph Sessions
Where:            The Pub
When:             Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA will hold nightly live broadcasts at the Race & Sports Book as well as inside select bars and lounges.  The resort, serving as the official home to the WNFR Saddle Bronc contestants, will host an autograph session Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. in the ARIA lobby.

Luxor Hotel and Casino


Luxor will join the 2012 Wrangler NFR action with daily drink specials and giveaways at Centra Bar & Lounge, Flight and Aurora Lounge.  Additionally, Aurora will be the location for autograph signings with bull rider Cody Whitney Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and bareback rider Tilden Hooper Friday, Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

2012 Wrangler NFR action will broadcast live nightly at Excalibur’s Race & Sports Book as well as inside select bars and lounges.  The hotel will act as the official home for the WNFR Team Roping contestants over the 10-day event with an autograph session scheduled in The Rotunda at Excalibur Monday, Dec. 10 from noon to 2 p.m.  For more information on Excalibur room packages or WNFR entertainment, call (800) 937-7777 or visit www.excalibur.com/nfr.

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