The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) is bringing one of the centerpieces of the Pro Rodeo season back to Oklahoma City in 2011. The Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the Jim Norick State Fair Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park, March 31 - April 3. With more than $525,000 in prize money, the DNCFR is one of the richest rodeos in the world and is among the most prestigious rodeo titles a cowboy can win.
"The PRCA is excited to bring another major professional rodeo event back to Oklahoma," said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. "The people of Oklahoma have always proven to be great rodeo fans."
The DNCFR is the showcase event of the circuit season. Each of the 12 PRCA circuits will send two competitors - the year-end earnings champion and the winner of each Dodge-sponsored circuit final - in each event to compete in Oklahoma City for cash, a national championship and a Dodge vehicle. National championships will be given in seven different events including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding.
"The goal of the PRCA is to grow our events and we can't think of a better place to do that than Oklahoma City - a metropolitan location in the heart of this great country," said Stressman. "We've always appreciated how supportive Oklahomans are of the sport of professional rodeo."
ExpressLazy E Sports Productions brings this event back to Oklahoma City after a 33 year absence. From 1965-78, the Jim Norick State Fair Arena was home to the National Finals Rodeo where, under the direction of general manager Clem McSpadden, it became a major league sports event. Since 1987, the DNCFR was held each year in Pocatello, Idaho. Dodge joined the rodeo as title sponsor in 1991.
"Bringing this multi-million dollar event here is another way for Oklahoma City to continue to establish itself as a destination," said Express Employment Professional CEO Bob Funk. "Oklahoma City has been without championship rodeo for more than 25 years. This annual event will not only bring national championship rodeo back to Oklahoma City but will give the area a nice boost from having more than 300,000 visitors to our city."
For more information including performance schedule, ticket pricing and purchasing, and event information, visit www.dncfr.net. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 405.232.SPUR or by visiting www.tickets.com.