Festivities Fit for Champions Scheduled at MGM Grand During 2015 National Finals Rodeo

FESTIVITIES FIT FOR CHAMPIONS SCHEDULED AT MGM GRAND DURING
2015 WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Enjoy Free Live Entertainment, Cowboy Appearances and More, Nightly at MGM Grand – ‘Home of the Champions’

 Saddle up and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the 2015 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 15 Wrangler NFR Gold Buckle-winning athletes, including 22-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.

NEW Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
The “Home of the Champions” will introduce a bigger and “grander” Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone for rodeo fans looking to experience the 2015 edition of the National Finals Rodeo. In its new location in the MGM Grand Conference Center, this year’s Gold Buckle Zone will provide a nightly party fans will not want to miss in a space that is even bigger than before. Activities include live feeds of the rodeo, fashion shows, dancing, a mechanical bull and an exciting lineup of live country music. Admission is complimentary so rope a partner (or two!) and prepare for a boot-stomping good time.

•    December 3:  Clay Walker
•    December 4:  Scotty McCreery
•    December 5 & 7:  Gloriana
•    December 6 & 8:  Blackberry Smoke
•    December 9:  The Davisson Brothers
•    December 10 & 11:  Craig Wayne Boyd
•    December 12:  Craig Morgan

Although the live music will end, the non-stop entertainment at the Gold Buckle Zone won’t! Dee Jay Silver’s Country Club After-Party presented by Roper will turn the Conference Center into a high-energy, late-night party zone nightly beginning at 11:30 p.m. Silver has previously toured with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Rascal Flatts, among others.

2015 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. There are 20 athletes who comprise the elite Home of the Champions Cowboys roster including 22-time World Champion Trevor Brazile and reigning PRCA World Champions Kaycee Feild (Bareback Riding, 2011 – 2014) and Tuf Cooper (Tie Down Roping, 2011-2012 and 2014). Additional Home of the Champions cowboys include Sage Kimzey, 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. 4 and Friday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Wrangler NFR Countdown Show” & Wrangler NFR Live Satellite Feed
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live at the Wrangler Network Theater inside the Gold Buckle Zone beginning at 6:45 p.m. nightly. Fans in attendance will enjoy drink specials, door prizes and giveaways. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Wrangler Network 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 3 – 12 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. nightly. 

Rodney Carrington
As part of his Here Comes The Truth tour, comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy routine at the David Copperfield Theater December 3 – 12 at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $59.99 (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, Sam Fedele, and Drew Thomas who will perform December 1 – 6. Garrett will perform with Cowboy Bill Martin and Quinn Patterson December 7 – 13. All shows are scheduled at 8 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 7 – 13 when Garrett is scheduled to perform.

Boot Barn Christmas Corral
New to MGM Grand’s National Finals Rodeo activities is the Boot Barn Christmas Corral.  The shopping experience will be located inside the Marquee Ballroom Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The ballroom will feature more than 60 of the most popular rodeo brands including Wrangler, Cinch, Roper, Ariat, Justin, Resistol, Lucchese Boots, among others.  

2016 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 29 – December 6 that concludes with the crowning of the 2016 Miss Rodeo America. More than 25 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.

About MGM Grand
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star, restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Competitors Announced

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COUNTDOWN TO CHUTE-OUT

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Competitors Announced
64 top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls to face off at Orleans Arena Dec. 10-12

Boyd Gaming today unveiled the 64-competitor field for its inaugural CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, scheduled Dec. 10-12 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Some of rodeo’s biggest names will be competing in the first-ever Chute-Out, including fan favorites and world champions, Cody Ohl and Fred Whitfield in Tie-Down Roping. Additional stars include four-time world champion bull rider JW Harris, eight-time world champion and all-around cowboy Joe Beaver and two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Cody Wright.

“With 64 top-ranked contestants which includes 10 world champions, the first-ever CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out will be a must-see competition for rodeo fans in Las Vegas this December,” said Chris Gibase, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Boyd Gaming. “With an all-star line-up and unique fan interaction opportunities, the Chute-Out is truly ‘A New Way to Rodeo.’”

Several weeks ago, Boyd Gaming released the Chute-Out Mobile App that will provide dedicated content and unique interaction opportunities for fans attending the three-day rodeo event, including “Chute-Out 101,” with individual event descriptions and scoring tips for the new rodeo fans; exclusive event information; behind-the-scenes videos; social connectivity capabilities; room and ticket packages and ticket purchasing options.

More exciting details about the Chute-Out – including the event format and an impressive list of participating stock vendors – will be announced in the coming weeks.

Competitions within the Chute-Out event include Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Bareback Riding
Among the competitors are 2014 Canadian Bareback Rider Champion Jake Vold and top-ranked cowboys Jessy Davis, Ryan Gray and RC Landingham. Ty Breuer, Casey Colletti, JR Vezain and 2014 million-dollar American winner Richie Champion round out the list of competitors.

Steer Wrestling
Leading the competition is National Finals champion Bray Armes, along with top-ranked cowboys Olin Hannum, Tyler Pearson and JD Struxness. Wade Sumpter, Sean Mulligan, Billy Bugenig and Stockton Graves will also compete.

Saddle Bronc
Competitors in the saddle bronc event include Cody Wright and Chad Ferley, both two-time world champions. Also competing are top-ranked cowboys Clay Elliott, Allen Boore and Sam Spreadborough, Jesse Bail, Cole Elshere and Dustin Flundra.

Tie-Down Roping
World champion legends Cody Ohl and Fred Whitfield will be roping in this competition, alongside top-ranked cowboys Clint Robinson, Adam Gray, J.C. Malone and Michael Otero; plus Clint Cooper and Blair Burk.

Team Roping
Featured in team roping is 22-time National Finals qualifier and all around legend Joe Beaver, with McCoy Profili; 26-time National Finals qualifier Tee Woolman with Boogie Ray; top cowboys JoJo LeMond with Quinn Kesler; Joel Bach with Tyler McKnight; Travis Tryan with Dugan Kelly; David Key with Dakota Kirchenschlager; Nevada’s own world champions, Randon Adams and Jay Adams; and World Champion Walt Woodard with Adam Rose.

Barrel Racing
The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out welcomes National Finalists Britany Diaz, Christy Loflin, Trula Churchill, Christine Laughlin and Shali Lord, along with competitors Carmel Wright, Kimmie Wall and Katelyn McLeod.

Bull Riding
Competitors are led by four-time world champion J.W. Harris, plus a roster filled with PBR and National Finalists — Steve Woolsey, Jeff Askey, Trevor Kastner, Tanner Learmont, Jacob O’Mara, Stetson Lawrence and Reese Cates.

The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out complements Boyd Gaming’s significant involvement in hosting events during Rodeo Week, including fan-favorite events like the National Finals Tonight show and Gary Leffew’s Legendary Buck’N Ball at The Orleans Hotel and Casino; Bob Tallman Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino; and Roxy’s Buckin’ Bull Honky Tonk at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.

The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out takes place at the Orleans Arena Dec. 10-12, from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. To purchase room and ticket packages or event-only tickets, download the app or for further information about all of Boyd Gaming’s rodeo events, visit BoydChuteOut.com.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute Out

About Boyd Gaming
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

MGM Grand Announces 2014 National Finals Rodeo Schedule of Activities

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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’

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.

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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.

Rodney Carrington
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.

About MGM Grand
MGM Grand is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of newly remodeled  luxurious suites and standard accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and AAA Five Diamond and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon; world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub; a pampering spa and salon; and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot, non-smoking conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).