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

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 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.

MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO

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.

GOLD BUCKLE ZONE
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.

WRANGLER NFR COUNTDOWN SHOW & VIEWING PARTY 
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.

MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA CONCERTS

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.

RODNEY CARRINGTON
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.

LOSERS BAR
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.”

2016 MISS RODEO AMERICA PAGEANT
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.

COWBOY AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND MEET & GREETS
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 RESORT AND CASINO

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.

ROPER COWBOY MARKETPLACE
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
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
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.

 

MONTE CARLO RESORT AND CASINO

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.

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