Thursday Video: Thomas & Mack Transformation

What does it take to convert Thomas & Mack Center into the iconic setting for the annual National Finals Rodeo? Check out this time-lapse video to see for yourself.

The Thomas & Mack Center of Las Vegas has hosted the National Finals Rodeo since 1985 and is contracted to continue through 2024, opening its doors every December to the season-ending championship event for America’s professional rodeo circuit. The top 15 in each event — bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding — qualify based on seasonal earnings, and compete at the NFR over 10 rounds.

The Thomas & Mack itself, of course, is not a rodeo arena year-round — the center hosts a wide variety of events, because that’s Vegas, baby. The process for converting the space from, say, a basketball court (as you’ll see in this video) into a rodeo arena takes a lot of people and a fair bit of time — but through the magic of time lapse, you can watch in just minutes.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to transform the Thomas & Mack into a rodeo arena? Well have a look…amazing.

Posted by The Women's Professional Rodeo Association on Sunday, December 8, 2013

This process goes down in multiple-use arenas all over the country — it’s fascinating to think about the amount of work behind temporary show facilities from coast to coast. We salute the hardworking folks behind the scenes!

The National Finals Rodeo kicks off tonight and runs for 10 days. You can learn more at

Go riding!

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