There really is an app for just about everything.
That includes the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which has a mobile application with a few new cool wrinkles for 2014. Not only can fans check out schedules for every rodeo-related event in Las Vegas and interact with each other through a social media community feature, but they can now add Wrangler NFR events to their smartphone calendars and view live statistics provided by the PRCA.
I’m not a huge fan of apps in general, but I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the Wrangler NFR’s. You can spend a lot of time perusing through an interactive map of Las Vegas, where you can find schedules and information about everything from the NFR Express shuttle bus schedule and the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show to Cowboy FanFest and the Wrangler NFR Online Ticket Exchange.
Fans can use the latter to buy legitimate tickets from each other in a safe and secure environment, and being able to do that on a mobile device is pretty awesome. Want to find out where the after-parties are or where your favorite country Western music artist is playing in town? The app can help with that.
Fans can also follow their favorite cowboys’ and barrel racers’ social media pages through the app, so it really is “one-stop shopping” for everything rodeo. Las Vegas Events will also post daily photo and video galleries that fans can access through the app, and Wrangler has a tab on the menu that allows people to connect with the $6.375 million rodeo’s title sponsor.
As with most apps, it is free and available on all platforms, and iPhone users can find it by going to the iPhone App Store and searching for “NFR 2014.” For Droid users like me, search for the NFR in the Google Play Store, and everyone else can find it at NFRapp.com.
I’ll probably use it to map out my schedule for the next couple of weeks, and it’s fun to navigate through town on the interactive map just to know what’s happening in Vegas.
Speaking of the next couple weeks, I am going to try to add a new feature to the end of my articles that lets readers know where I may be next and what I’ll be writing about. Here’s the first installment of that.
The next couple days, I’ll be at the Wrangler NFR 30th Anniversary kick-off ceremony at 10:30 a.m. PT Thursday at Cowboy FanFest before heading to the Permit Holder Challenge at the South Point’s indoor arena. I’ll be writing about the latter on Thursday and will also post an article about Monday night’s Gold Buckle Gala that honored the late Benny Binion. It was a grand affair, and the unique entertainment and surprise stars who attended were highlights of the night. So, stay tuned for more on that! I will also post links to my “NFR Insider” articles and columns I’ll be writing as a guest columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Twitter, so follow me @NealReid21.