PRCA CEO George Taylor Talks New Developments in Plans for 2020 NFR

With all of the unknowns created by the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the NFR remain in flux even as the rodeo season comes to an end.

What we do know now: It will not be happening at the Thomas & Mack. And if it does take place in Vegas, fans will not be allowed to attend.

On the flip side, the PRCA has said that there WILL be a National Finals, no question about it, and a final decision on the location will be announced September 30.

In a press release today, the PRCA stated:

There are several options being considered: with fans, without fans, in Las Vegas, outside Las Vegas. Despite these extenuating circumstances, the PRCA and Las Vegas Events want to produce the best NFR ever and provide fans, sponsors, contestants and members the outstanding experience they’ve come to expect.

At this moment, an event in Las Vegas with fans isn’t feasible. There is an option to keep the NFR in Las Vegas without fans, so that is being explored.

But there are other options being evaluated, including for this year only, holding the 2020 NFR in a new host city that will allow the PRCA to optimize:

NFR fan attendance and fan experience, including shopping in the NFR gift show, walking through the PRORODEO Fan Zone, local nightlife with NFR after-parties and other ancillary entertainment. These are all important activities for fans that contribute to the overall NFR experience.

Opportunities to hold the annual PRCA Convention, ProRodeo Hall of Fame Gala, NFR Contestant Back Number Ceremony and the annual PRCA Awards Banquet.

Season tickets; the PRCA values those who have been committed to the NFR and will be working to accommodate those who currently hold NFR season tickets.

The safety of contestants, members and fans; the PRCA is not willing to put anyone at risk and strives to maintain the safety of all involved.


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