2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
December 4-13, 2009
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) will celebrate it's 50th Anniversary and will have amazing opening acts prior to the start of each rodeo performance. Some of the biggest names in country music will grace the stage at the Thomas & Mack Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the worlds richest and most prestigious rodeo.
The acts include:
Thursday, Dec. 4 Trailer Choir
Friday, Dec. 5 Jake Owen
Saturday, Dec. 6 Reba McEntire
Sunday, Dec. 7 Brooks & Dunn
Monday, Dec. 8 Crystal Shawanda
Tuesday, Dec. 9 Red Steagall
Wednesday, Dec. 10 Ronnie Milsap
Thursday, Dec. 11 Charlie Daniels
Friday, Dec. 12 Zac Brown Band
Saturday, Dec. 13 Jack Ingram and Matt Lewis as Elvis
Following the opening acts, the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding will compete for a share of the $5.625 million purse.
In addition to the line-up of opening acts, fans will find plenty of entertainment and activities prior to the start of the Wrangler NFR. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and will have an opportunity to enjoy food and beverage and see live entertainment on the Academy of Country Music (ACM) stage inside the Cox Pavilion. This pre-event hospitality area, aptly named Cowboy Corral, is free and open to all ticket holders and features performances by country music artists.
Doors to Cowboy Corral open at 5 p.m. for the 6:45 p.m. weekday rodeo performances and 4 p.m. for the 5:45 p.m. weekend performances.
In addition, fans can enjoy the ProRodeo Zone, the exclusive fan interactive area of the Wrangler NFR. Sponsors such as Wrangler, Dodge, B&W Hitches, Justin Boots, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, Boyd Gaming, Priefert, American Cowboy Coffee, Dude Ranchers Association and Coors provide interactive activities in tents adjacent to the arena.
2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo official site