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CNFR sees second highest attendance in the rodeo’s 21 years in Casper

Dustin Martinez (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — 25,679 tickets were sold during the June 9-15 College National Finals Rodeo.

That’s the second highest number of ticket sales since the rodeo first came to Casper in 1999.

“It was a very good year,” Casper Events Center General Manager Brad Murphy said on Monday, June 17.

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Ticket sales were up about 4% from a year ago, with 924 more tickets sold than in 2018.

“We’re very happy with that,” Murphy added. “To be up 4% is huge.”

Strong ticket sales are important, according to Murphy, since the contract to host the CNFR in Casper expires in 2022.

“This event is crucial to our city from a national perspective,” he said, pointing out that it is the only national event regularly hosted in Casper.

Ticket sales had seen a decline in the past several years, so Murphy said event organizers were pleased with the turn around.

2015 saw the most CNFR ticket sales, according to Murphy.

“We ant to thank the community for supporting this event that is so important for Casper,” he said in conclusion.

More information about the economic impact of having the CNFR in Casper is available in this article.

This article talks about bull rider Bradie Gray, who attended the rodeo after being trampled by a bull in the 2017 CNFR.

Casper bullfighter Wyatt Mason provided “cowboy protection” at the rodeo. More about that is available in this article.

Photos of the 2019 CNFR are available here.