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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ( NFR ) will take place Dec . 3 through Dec . 12 , 2020 . The 10-day event 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 .
Event organizers confirmed the event will comply with all health and safety protocols for attendees . “ We are so pleased to be at this amazing stadium for the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar ,” said George Taylor , chief executive officer of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ( PRCA ).
The NFR was born in Texas and the first three years of the event were held at the Dallas State Fairgrounds beginning in 1959 . Years later , the event moved to Las Vegas and has been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV in Las Vegas since 1985 . That venue is not available for live entertainment with fans this year due to coronavirus restrictions in Nevada .
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 .
“ Part of what makes Globe Life Field work for us is the ability to bring in fans and deliver the full NFR experience . The State of Texas knows how to do this . We ’ ve been impressed with how well this has come together for our rodeo cowboys and rodeo fans , Taylor said .”



Arlington voters elected three City Council members and approved the adoption of an additional quartercent City sales and use tax during the Tuesday , Nov . 3 , 2020 , General Election .
The quarter-cent sales and use tax , which will go into effect next April , would be used to fund an Economic Development Corporation , to undertake such projects as authorized by Chapter 505 of the Texas Local Government Code . The proposition was approved with 55.18 % of the vote , according to unofficial vote totals .
Projects authorized by Chapter 505 of the Texas Local Government Code include , but are not limited to :
• Land , buildings , equipment , facilities , improvements and expenditures for the creation and retention of primary jobs
• Job training
• Infrastructure
• Development , improvement , expansion , or maintenance of facilities relating to the operation of commuter rail , light rail , or motor buses
• Land , buildings , equipment , facilities , and improvements for professional and amateur sports and more .
The Economic Development Corporation is expected to generate $ 17 million annually .