LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2023) — UPDATE: The Las Vegas Events Board of Trustees and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors announced today that the first round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will now be held on Friday, December 8 at 5:45 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. To maintain the tradition of the ten rounds of the NFR, an additional make up round has been added on the morning of Wednesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. There will be no public access to this round.

For NFR season ticket holders, full refunds for the cancelled performance will be issued by Las Vegas Events. If tickets were purchased through StubHub, a refund will be issued directly to the buyer by StubHub.
A moment of silence will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at the start of the rodeo performance.
“We all have heavy hearts over the tragic events that occurred on Wednesday,” said LVE President Tim Keener in a PRCA news release. “The National Finals Rodeo has brought the Las Vegas community together since 1985, and we will honor those that we have lost through our rodeo – an event that celebrates unity, togetherness and bringing friends and families together. We will do this in solidarity with our fans, as well as our partners at the PRCA, UNLV and the community.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023) — The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Las Vegas Events announced Wednesday night that the first performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo scheduled for Thursday, December 7 will be canceled after a deadly shooting took place on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus Wednesday killing three and critically injuring at least one.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. Wednesday December 6, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received reports of an active shooter on the UNLV Campus. UNLV police and LVMPD officers responded immediately and engaged the suspect outside of Beam Hall, according to LVMPD officials. Three victims were confirmed dead and at least one critically injured. Armed confrontation of the suspect by law enforcement stopped the suspects further actions and the shooter was confirmed dead, LVMPD officials said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“There is no more ongoing threat to our community here in Las Vegas,” said LVMPD Sheriff Kevin McMahill in a news conference Wednesday.

The Thomas and Mack Center Arena, where the NFR is held, is located on the UNLV campus and less than a mile away from where the shooting took place. According to officials the Thomas and Mack Center was put on lockdown during the incident. The PRCA and Las Vegas Events Board of Trustees announced Wednesday night that the first performance of the Wrangler NFR will be canceled and in respect for the victims the NFR will take a day of mourning. At this time, the PRCA and LVE has not yet released an update about the remainder of the NFR.

“Today’s shooting on the UNLV campus was alarming and deeply troubling,” said PRCA CEO Tom Glause in a PRCA news release. “The PRCA is grateful for the rapid, professional response from law enforcement and first responders. Our thoughts right now are focused on the victims of this senseless act of violence.”

Additional details will be announced on the morning of Thursday, December 7. The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center will still open to the public on Thursday, December 7 – December 16.

This is a developing story and updates will be made as more information is available.


Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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