The Wrangler® National Finals Rodeo is moving to the American Dream City. From Dec. 3 - 12, Arlington’s Globe Life Field will host the Wrangler NFR 2020 – the first non-baseball event at the city’s newest entertainment treasure.
Event organizers confirmed the event will comply with all health and safety protocols for attendees. Globe Life Field officials have emphasized that recommended health and safety standards are being met. Safety measures will include a mask requirement at all times while inside Globe Life Field, and there will be additional hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout the building.
Fans attending Wrangler NFR 2020 can follow official PRCA updates throughout the event at prorodeo.com.
Principals on all sides of the historic agreement are waxing enthusiastic about the prospects of bringing the rodeo to town.
“We are so pleased to be at this amazing stadium for the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar,” says George Taylor, chief executive officer of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “We are committed to delivering a spectacular event for our fans and we are thrilled to be in Texas for it.”
“We are honored that the PRCA selected Globe Life Field to host the 2020 Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo and are thrilled to be a small part of bringing this world-class event back to Texas,” says Neil Leibman, chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers.
To further ensure fan safety, seats will be sold in groups of four with separation between groups. Contact-limiting measures, such as mobile tickets, will be implemented throughout the event. There will also be metal detector screenings and a no-bag policy at entries on performance nights. Globe Life Field is encouraging all guests to check the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services websites for any guideline changes prior to the event.
The Arlington and Fort Worth convention and visitors’ bureaus and sports commissions are rolling out the welcome for this one-of-a-kind event, and both cities have worked hard to bring the Wrangler NFR to Globe Life Field.
“From cattle drives, museums and even the names of our professional sporting teams, our love of cowboy culture runs deep here in Tarrant County,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says. “I can think of no better choice for the Super Bowl of rodeo than to be hosted here in the heart of North Texas. Arlington and Fort Worth have so many family friendly attractions and rich experiences to offer rodeo fans who will be traveling from across the country to cheer on these professional cowboys as they strive to set new records and achieve their American Dream in the arena.”
Nearby Fort Worth will also play host to the Wrangler NFR 2020 experience, as the annual PRCA Convention will be held from Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, in addition to the Cowboy Christmas and a slew of other fan-favorite events.
The NFR was born in Texas, but it moved to Las Vegas in 1985. The venue that hosts it annually is not available for live entertainment with fans this year due to coronavirus restrictions in Nevada. In a survey earlier this summer, rodeo fans said overwhelmingly that they wanted an NFR venue that would accommodate fans.
“Part of what makes Globe Life Field work for us is the ability to bring in fans and deliver the full NFR experience,” Taylor says.
The PRCA began looking for an alternate venue earlier in the summer. The State of Texas, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field stepped up. Ultimately, this has been a thoughtful partnership between Texas, Globe Life Field, the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Fort Worth, and the Sports Commissions of both Arlington and Fort Worth.
The Wrangler NFR is a 10-day event that includes the fan-favorite Cowboy Christmas, as well as the PRCA National Convention. The schedule also includes nightly Buckle Presentations, Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse Sale, the PRCA Awards Banquet and Gala and the Pro Rodeo League of Women Style Show and Luncheon.
Tickets for Wrangler NFR 2020 are on sale via the website texasrangers.com/NFR.