The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announced that, after 24 years in Pocatello, Idaho, the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR) is moving to Oklahoma City in 2011.
ExpressLazy E Sports Productions is bringing the DNCFR—one of the centerpieces of the ProRodeo season—to the Oklahoma State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. The rodeo will run March 31 through April 3.
The more than $525,000 in prize money being offered makes the event one of the richest rodeos in the world.
"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 and now, in addition to this fall’s November 5-6 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, we’ll take the DNCFR to Oklahoma City in the spring."
From 1965-1978, the Oklahoma State Fair Arena (then known as 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.
The DNCFR was held in Pocatello, Idaho, from 1987-2010. In 2011, the Pocatello committee will host a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo, and join the fastest growing segment of ProRodeo.
The DNCFR is the showcase event of the circuit season. Each of 12 PRCA circuits sends two competitors in each event to the DNCFR—the year-end earnings champion and the winner of each Dodge-sponsored circuit final—to compete for cash, a national championship and a Dodge vehicle voucher.
"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," Stressman said. "We’ve always appreciated how supportive Oklahomans are of the sport of professional rodeo."
"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 it will give the area a nice boost from having more than 30,000 visitors to our city."