Dust Off Your Cowboy Boots and Head to MGM Grand During 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Dust Off Your Cowboy Boots and Head to MGM Grand During 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Thursday, December 7 – Saturday, December 16

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


Shine that belt buckle, saddle up and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Thursday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 16 to experience multiple Wrangler National Finals Rodeo festivities fit for champions. During the 10-day event, MGM Grand will be the “Home of the Champions” and serve as the official hotel of the NFR Tie-Down Roping contestants. The resort also will host the most Gold Buckles under one roof, including 23-time World Champion cowboy Trevor Brazile. The full event schedule and special room offers are available by visiting mgmgrand.com/NFR.

Gold Buckle Zone Presented by Bud Light
All rodeo fans will want to be roped in to visiting the Gold Buckle Zone presented by Bud Light. Located in The Central at MGM Grand, this space will turn into a high-energy nightly extravaganza from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Admission is complimentary. All scheduled entertainment is as follows:

  • Doublewide (performances begin at 9:15 p.m., 10:25 p.m. and 11:25 p.m. nightly)
    The rockin’ country western show band Doublewide features members of the Boogie Knights band. One of Southern California’s premier country cover bands, this classic act combines the heart and soul of pop and classic country. Doublewide performs hits by artists including Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr., among others.
  • DeeJay Silver (performs from midnight to 2 a.m. nightly)
    A top touring DJ/remixer/producer for the past 15 years, DeeJay Silver has played premier venues in virtually every major market in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Guests should pack their two-steppin’ boots and prepare to dance along to his unique mash-ups and remixes of all genres of music from hip-hop and rock to house and country.

2017 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. The Home of the Champions is comprised of an elite group of athletes including 23-time World Champion Trevor Brazile, three-time Tie-Down Roping World Champion Tuf Cooper and five-time Steer Wrestling World Champion Luke Branquinho.

Get up close and personal with the champions when they stop by the MGM Grand Main Lobby to sign autographs and meet fans. Autograph sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • MGM Grand Roster Cowboys:  Friday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WNFR Tie-Down Roping Contestants:  Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

Nightly Wrangler NFR Live Feed
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live inside the David Copperfield Theater beginning at 5:45 p.m. Swing by and enjoy one of the best rodeo viewing parties in the city. Attendees can enter to win rodeo tickets and other prizes from Wrangler and MGM Grand. Admission is complimentary and seating is first-come, first-served.

Rodney Carrington
Guests can plan to laugh their cowboy boots off with comedian and country music artist Rodney Carrington who will return to the David Copperfield Theater December 7 – 16. Performances start at 10 p.m. nightly.

Tickets start at $59.99 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at mgmresorts.com/mgmgrand, ticketmaster.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International box office or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.

2018 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 December 3 – 10 that concludes with the crowning of the 2018 Miss Rodeo America. Reigning State Rodeo Queens compete for the coveted crown of Miss Rodeo America by competing in the categories of appearance, horsemanship and personality. Visit the Miss Rodeo America Pageant website for the full schedule.

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 mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog.

MGM Resorts Goes Country for 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo December 1 – 10

MGM Resorts Goes Country for 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo December 1 – 10

MGM Resorts International Goes Country for
2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 10

Ten Days of Activities Scheduled Featuring Live Entertainment by Top Country Music Artists,
Cowboy Autograph Signings, Drink Specials & More


 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and  and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino will host numerous events in conjunction with the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Thursday, Dec. 1 – Saturday, Dec. 10. Activities include nightly live music performances by the biggest names in country as well as drink specials, live feeds of the rodeo, autograph signings and more.


As the “Home of the Champions,” MGM Grand has scheduled a variety of events fit for the premier championship rodeo event of the year and its fans. Throughout the 10 days, the resort will provide numerous activities for NFR-goers including nightly concerts in the Gold Buckle Zone, autograph signings and the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.

The famous Gold Buckle Zone, located at the MGM Grand Conference Center, is the nightly party that rodeo fans will not want to miss. The Gold Buckle Zone opens at 8 p.m. nightly with live music beginning on the Rock & Roll Denim Main Stage at 9 p.m. Admission is complimentary. The Gold Buckle Zone music lineup is as follows:

•    Thursday, Dec. 1:  Kevin Fowler / LOCASH
•    Friday, Dec. 2:  Davey Arnold / Clay Walker
•    Saturday, Dec. 3:  Davey Arnold / Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots
•    Sunday, Dec. 4:  Texas Jamm Band / Lonestar
•    Monday, Dec 5:  Texas Jamm Band / Joe Diffie
•    Tuesday, Dec. 6:  Texas Jamm Band / Davisson Brothers Band
•    Wednesday, Dec. 7:  Texas Jamm Band / Josh Thompson
•    Thursday, Dec. 8:  Texas Jamm Band / Corb Lund
•    Friday, Dec. 9:  Texas Jamm Band / Craig Wayne Boyd
•    Saturday, Dec. 10:  Texas Jamm Band / Eric Paslay    

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After the concerts end, Dee Jay Silver’s Country Club After-Party presented by Roper begins. Running nightly from midnight to 2 a.m., Dee Jay Silver will hop on the turntables and keep the Gold Buckle Zone party going into the early morning hours. Champion Tie-Down Roper Tuf Cooper will join Silver for special performances throughout the 10 days.

The Wrangler NFR Countdown with Jen and Stran Smith will return to MGM Grand December 1 – 10 with tickets on sale now. Held in the David Copperfield Theater, the show will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the previous night’s rides as well as a preview of the upcoming performance’s draw. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to win giveaways from MGM Grand and Wrangler.

One ticket will provide access to both the Wrangler NFR Countdown show and the Live Viewing Party. Tickets start at $15, including tax and service fees, and are available for purchase at any MGM Grand box office. The Wrangler NFR Countdown show begins at 6 p.m. followed immediately by the Rodeo Viewing Party. Doors open at 5 p.m.


Toby Keith
Superstar Toby Keith will bring his Interstates & Tailgates Tour presented by Ford F-Series to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday, Dec. 9. The concert also will feature country music duo Big & Rich. It is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. 

Tickets start at $35 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at MGMGrand.com, AXS.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International box office or by calling the MGM Resorts Call Center at 866.740.7711.

Tim McGraw
Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician Tim McGraw will return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 10 to perform a variety of his greatest hits. Singer-songwriter Chris Janson will open for McGraw. The concert is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. with doors set to open at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $79.50 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at MGMGrand.com, AXS.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International box office or by calling the MGM Resorts Call Center at 866.740.7711.

As part of his Here Comes The Truth tour, Rodney Carrington will return to the David Copperfield Theater December 1 – 10. Shows start at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $59.99 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at MGMGrand.com, AXS.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International box office or by calling the MGM Resorts Call Center at 866.740.7711.

After a successful run as a “pop-up” venue, Losers Bar will officially open at MGM Grand during this year’s National Finals Rodeo. The flagship venue, located in Nashville, opened 11 years ago and was founded by Erv Woolsey and Steve Ford.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Las Vegas location will celebrate its Grand Opening with platinum-selling country artist Mark Chesnutt who will perform beginning at 9:30 p.m. Chesnutt’s performance will launch a week of special shows by country artists, including one night with Nashville’s crowd-pleasing Losers house band.

In the space formerly occupied by Rouge Lounge, Losers will feature live music nightly in a casual, rustic setting. The new venue also will have one of the largest TV screens in MGM Grand and serve tap beers and its signature Bootwacker frozen drink, “Capri Suns.”

Guests will have the opportunity to watch the reigning 32 State Rodeo Queens compete for the coveted Miss Rodeo America crown by competing in the areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality. Events held at MGM Grand and open to the public are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Miss Rodeo America Speeches (David Copperfield Theater) – 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 2
Miss Rodeo America Fashion Show (Gold Buckle Zone) – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4
Miss Rodeo America Coronation (Gold Buckle Zone) – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MGM Grand is not only the official hotel of the Tie-Down Roping competitors, but it houses several popular PRCA Gold Buckle athletes including Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Luke Branquinho, Sage Kimzey, Shane Proctor and Fallon Taylor, among others. The group of cowboys and cowgirls will sign autographs and meet fans in the MGM Grand Main Lobby Friday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day.

Additionally the Crown Royal Riders also will meet with fans at Whiskey Down Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The 15 Tie-Down Roping contestants will sign autographs for fans in the MGM Grand Main Lobby Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m.



Mandalay Bay has once again partnered with the producers of the annual Roper Cowboy Marketplace, Group W Productions, and also is excited to host nine days of “Nashville Unplugged,” a songwriter in the round show, among other NFR-related activities.

The expansive Roper Cowboy Marketplace will be located in Bayside E at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Thursday, Dec. 1 – Saturday, Dec. 10. This must-see NFR shopping extravaganza features more than 200 Western vendors and will provide guests the opportunity to purchase everything from clothing, home goods and more. It will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with complimentary admission.

Cowboyville, located at Mizuya Lounge, will host nightly live viewings of the WNFR beginning at 7 p.m. Additionally, live entertainment before and after the live feed is scheduled, ensuring guests never have to leave Mandalay Bay to enjoy a night of NFR action.

“Nashville Unplugged,” a songwriter in the round show, will bring the most successful writers from Nashville to the heart of Mandalay Bay when they perform December 1 – 9 at Mizuya Lounge. Performances begin at 4 p.m. daily. The shows are intimate and all-acoustic, creating a nightly interactive connection between the songwriters and the audience.

Immediately following the nightly live rodeo feeds, Wolf Creek (December 1 – 5) and the Ray Allaire Band (December 6 – 10) will perform on the Mizuya Lounge stage.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar will rope in rodeo fans when it hosts nightly viewings of the rodeo as well as live music daily. House of Blues also will offer guests drink specials and more.



Double Barrel Roadhouse will be the NFR headquarters for Monte Carlo who, once again, is the “Home of the WNFR Bareback Riders.” The restaurant, located on the Las Vegas Strip, will host nightly Rodeo Live Feed Viewing Parties beginning at 6 p.m. as well as an autograph session with the Top 15 NFR Bareback Riders Thursday, Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.

The Bareback Riders also will make an appearance at Double Barrel Friday, Dec. 9 for the Rodeo After-Party. Whether rodeo fans are looking for a cold beer, an autograph from their favorite bareback rider or a fun yet relaxing atmosphere to watch the rodeo, there will be something for everyone at Monte Carlo.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Confirms World Champion Competitors for 2016




CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Confirms World Champion Competitors for 2016
Hall of Fame’s Bob Tallman and Legendary Rodeo Announcer Roger Mooney to Emcee Event

The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, set for Dec. 8-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, is right around the corner and today, Boyd Gaming announced some of the world-champion rodeo talent that will be competing in the event, including Luke Branquinho and Wade Sundell.

Five-time world champion Luke Branquinho will compete in Steer Wrestling, bringing his fifteen years of rodeo experience with him to the arena. Branquinho holds the distinction of having competed in and won nearly every big rodeo in the country.

Wade Sundell made headlines in the rodeo world with his $1 million win at the RFD-TV The American rodeo earlier this year. The Iowa native has qualified to ride in the WNFR seven times and will compete in Saddle Bronc Riding.

Also confirmed to compete in this year’s Boyd Gaming Chute-Out for a competition purse totaling $200,000 are Joe Beaver and McCoy Profili, and Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill for Team Roping; Steven Peebles for Bareback Riding; Cort Scheer for Saddle Bronc; Chandler Bownds for Bull Riding; and Lindsey Sears for Barrel Racing. A total of 64 participants will compete during the action-packed, three-day, afternoon rodeo event in a series of contests: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

The 2015 Chute-Out introduced an unprecedented level of rodeo fan involvement with the Boyd Gaming Chute-Out app, featuring rodeo’s first-ever automated “Day Sheet.” The event also broke new ground in rodeo sports betting, with Chute-Out events being the only rodeo events listed in Boyd Gaming’s Las Vegas sportsbooks during Rodeo Week. The Chute-Out will be listed again in Boyd Gaming sportsbooks around Las Vegas, and the Chute-Out app will see several user-friendly upgrades.

The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out complements Boyd Gaming’s significant involvement during Rodeo Week in Las Vegas, including hosting fan-favorite events like the National Finals Tonight Show and the Legendary Buck’N Ball at The Orleans Hotel and Casino; Bob Tallman Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino; and Buckin’ Bull Party mechanical bull contest, which will premiere for the first time this year at Fremont Hotel and Casino.

Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets or room and ticket packages, to download the app or for further information about all of Boyd Gaming’s WNFR events, visit BoydChuteOut.com.

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #BoydChuteOut.

About Boyd Gaming
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