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Globe Life Field wrangles 2020 National Finals Rodeo due to coronavirus

Globe Life Field wrangles National Finals Rodeo due to coronavirus

PRCA presents Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
More rodeo action is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth when the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into Globe Life Field. PRCA photo by Clayton Guardipee

The 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is riding out of Las Vegas and into Globe Life Field in Arlington, December 3-12.

The event, which has been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV in Las Vegas since 1985, was forced to move due to Nevada state restrictions on sporting event ticket sales related to COVID-19. Texas currently allows 50 percent capacity for sporting events, making the 43,000-seat Globe Life Field a fit for the event.

However, this is a temporary move, as it will most likely return to Las Vegas in 2021.

It follows the recent PBR WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational at Dickies Arena, and will be the first non-baseball event at Globe Life Field and the first to host fans.

“We are so pleased to be at this amazing stadium for the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar,” said George Taylor, chief executive officer of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), in a statement. “We are committed to delivering a spectacular event for our fans and we are thrilled to be in Texas for it.”

Globe Life Field officials have emphasized that recommended health and safety standards will be met at the event, including a face mask requirement at all times while inside the ballpark and additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations throughout the building.

Tickets will be sold in groups of four, and groups will be separated throughout the venue. The event will also utilize contact-limiting measures such as mobile tickets.

The experience of PRCA's National Finals Rodeo will extend beyond Globe Life Field. Fort Worth will play host to the Wrangler NFR 2020 experience at the annual PRCA Convention, which will be held November 30-December 3, as well as Cowboy Christmas and other fan-favorite events. Venues for those events have not yet been announced.

“We are a rodeo city and we’ve roped a big one,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement. “The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is an incredible win for our region and another example of how Fort Worth can host major events safely during this unprecedented time.”

Tickets for Wrangler NFR 2020 will go on sale to the public on September 25 via Wrangler NFR Season Ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets early starting September 16. For anyone not able to make it in person, Wrangler NFR events and the PRCA awards ceremonies will be broadcast on Fort Worth-based The Cowboy Channel.