The Plaza Hotel & Casino, just in time for the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), is building on the success that its outdoor equestrian facility had last year: The Plaza is expanding the venue and is making it the first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in downtown Las Vegas.
An official hotel sponsor of the NFR and exclusive Host Hotel for the Junior NFR, the Plaza’s new equestrian center will include two outdoor arenas for roping practice and exercise during the rodeo.
After NFR concludes, the Plaza’s equestrian center will be used as an outdoor event venue.
Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, notes in a written release, “This is not only about the rodeo; The Plaza’s new equestrian center is a testament to the continued growth of downtown.”
In this expanded equestrian center adjacent to the hotel and casino, the Plaza doubled the number of equine stalls to 200, 80 of which will be available for year-round use. During NFR, the facility will offer the largest stalls in the city and 24-hour onsite security and veterinarian services. In addition to the equestrian center, the Plaza has a full slate of rodeo-related events during NFR.
On Thursday, December 13, 75 performance horses of all disciplines will be auctioned off at the Diamonds in the Desert Horse Sale, a public live horse sale in the Plaza’s showroom reminiscent of the horse sales held at the property decades ago. The public, as well as horse brokers and buyers from across the country, are invited to attend the sale that will offer live and online bidding.
Additionally, the Rodeo Fashion and Western Arts Expo will take over the Plaza’s convention space December 6 – 15, where rodeo fans can shop from 75 vendors offering custom cowboy hats and other high quality, authentic western attire.
As the Junior NFR Host Hotel, several youth-focused events will also take place at the Plaza, such as national qualifier competitions in roping and steer wrestling.