National Finals Rodeo helps Las Vegas hit cowboy jackpot
Interview with NFR's Shawn DavisPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Finals Rodeo, considered the Super Bowl of the rodeo world, kicks off in Las Vegas Thursday, Dec. 6.
The ten-day event is attended by neary 45,000 visitors.
The NFR has been taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1985 and is the stadium's biggest client. It's also a huge revenue boost for the city, helping make the traditionally slow month of December one of the busiest.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the event generated a non-gaming economic impact of more than $60 million last year.
Restaurants, bars, and casinos -- both downtown and on the Strip -- are already filling up with cowboys and cowgirls. There are citywide celebrations and many country music stars will be performing concerts.
Most local hotels will broadcast the NFR live. The Las Vegas Convention Center will be hosting "Cowboy Christmas" and "FanFest" -- a new interactive entertainment experience, featuring rides and live music.
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