(Las Vegas, NV) — The National Finals Rodeo is heading for its last roundup in Sin City. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has voted to move the event to Florida’s Osceola County near Orlando, starting in 2015.
A spokesman for the PRCA says Osceola County’s presentation promised more financial incentives and a new arena. The 20-year agreement has an option to bow out after ten years.
Las Vegas Events chairman Pat Christenson called the move “a big mistake.” NFR has called Las Vegas home for nearly three decades.
The National Finals Rodeo helps feed the Las Vegas economy during a traditionally slow time for the resorts. Jeremy Aguero, principal analyst with Applied Analysis, says he doesn’t expect it to go quietly.
Aguero says NFR has been good for Las Vegas, but Las Vegas has also been good for the NFR. He says there is a lot of competition for events like this, other cities want in on what Las Vegas has been able to accomplish.
The NFR wrapped up in Las Vegas on Saturday.