The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) holds a National Finals Rodeo every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's usually held over a series of nights stretching from the first two weeks of December. The events performed include barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping and the big crowd pleaser, bull riding.
There are three ways to go to the National Finals Rodeo - as a spectator, a reporter or a competitor. Most people fall into the first two categories.
The easiest way to go to the National Finals Rodeo is as a spectator. All you need to do is buy a ticket and book a flight and hotel room in Las Vegas. But so many spectators want to go to the National Finals Rodeo that it usually sells out months in advance. If you want to go and not get stuck watching the proceedings on cable television from the hotel, you must book as soon as possible after the previous year's PRCA Finals end.
Although you can get tickets and book a trip entirely online in order to go to the National Finals Rodeo, do not go to the PRCA Web site. It is a disorganized Web site that merely links you to the official Las Vegas tourist Web site. Instead, go to a Web site that sells tickets. If tracking down event tickets and plane tickets seems like too much work, this is where a good travel agent comes in. Tell the agent what event you wish to see and they arrange the tickets, transportation and accommodations. You just have to pay for it.
Another way to get to the PRCA National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas is to get a press pass. This requires that you actually work as a journalist, professional photographer, a professional camera person for a local sports program. Even college and high school journalists that have rodeo teams at their schools can get in. However, more and more sports events are giving press pass credentials to makers of news for Web sites, even for YouTube citizen journalists.
In order to secure a press pass, you must contact the PRCA public relations coordinator and request one. This does not guarantee you'll get one, but the odds are good that you will, because professional rodeo's stance is that all publicity is good publicity. In 2008, press passes were given to people from all over the world, including Switzerland and China - countries not known for cowboys.
You still will be responsible for providing your own transportation and accommodation.