Starting Thursday, the National Finals Rodeo will take over the Thomas & Mack Center for 10 days.
Here are 10 facts and figures about the rodeo:
2 — The competitors from Nevada. Steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge hails from Elko, and bareback rider Wyatt Denny is from Minden.
4 — The number of countries that will be represented. While a majority of contestants are from the United States, Canada, Brazil and France also will be represented.
15 — The top 15 contestants in bull riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, bareback riding and steer wrestling will compete.
32 — This marks the 32nd year the NFR will be in Las Vegas.
39 — The competitors who have qualified for the first time. That includes 11 team ropers, seven bull riders and six barrel racers.
120 — Total contestants that will participate in the NFR.
2,000 — Tons of dirt — inside and out — to prepare the Thomas & Mack Center for the rodeo.
— NationalFinalsRodeo (@LasVegasNFR) November 27, 2016
2005 — The last year someone besides Trevor Brazile won the PRCA all-around title. Brazile won’t be eligible for this year’s competition, meaning a new all-around champion will emerge.
170,966 — Last year’s total attendance from 10 days of the NFR. This year’s event is also sold-out, so it should see a similar figure.
$10 million — The total prize money up for grabs at the NFR.
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National Finals Rodeo
Where: Thomas & Mack Center
When: 7 p.m., Thursday-Dec. 10
Tickets: Mad Dash (general admission, seat not guaranteed) tickets available by calling the Thomas & Mack box office at 702-739-3267 or UNLVtickets.com