Las Vegas, Nevada (December 6, 2023): The first performance of the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) was canceled following a deadly shooting on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) earlier today.
The decision was announced jointly by the Las Vegas Events Board of Trustees and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Board of Directors. They expressed their deepest condolences to the victims and their families, stating, “Out of respect for those affected by this tragedy, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s performance.”
The PRCA and LVE are currently working to adjust the remaining schedule for the NFR, which is scheduled to run through December 16th. An update on the revised schedule is expected soon.
The NFR attracts the top cowboys and cowgirls from across the country, and its cancellation marks a significant disruption to the rodeo season. However, the decision to prioritize the community’s well-being in the wake of the tragedy has been met with widespread understanding and support.
Here are some additional details about the cancellation:
- Reason for cancellation: A deadly shooting occurred on the UNLV campus on Wednesday, December 6th.
- Performance affected: The first performance, was originally scheduled for Thursday, December 7th.
- Status of remaining performances: To be determined. An update is expected soon.
- Expression of condolences: The PRCA and LVE expressed their deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as they become available.