Don't miss the "Best of the Best" of college rodeo when the College National Finals Rodeo returns to Casper this June.

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will be crowning individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. In addition, National team championships will also be awarded to both the top performing men's and women's teams.

This will be the 20th year that the nation’s best college cowboys and cowgirls from eleven different regions compete inside the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming this June.

Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges will compete in Casper again this year. Contestants have competed all year in one of the NIRA's 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. Only the top three students in each event, and top two men's and women's teams from the NIRA's 11 regions will qualify for this year's CNFR.

The “Bulls, Broncs and Breakaway” performance will be held again this year on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 pm. Slack will be held on the mornings of Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 am. The nightly performances begin at 7:00 pm each night Tuesday through Friday as contestants hope to qualify for the Saturday Championship Round (also beginning at 7p). All performances for the CNFR happen at the indoor arena of the Casper Events Center.

Season Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 23 at 11:30 am. Individual Event Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 23 at 11:30 am. Tickets for Slack Rounds are $8 General Admission. Bulls & Broncs and all Evening performances are $10 General Admission, $20 Reserved Seating (Rows 14-21), and $25 Box Seats (Rows 4-13). Tickets for the Saturday Championship Round are all reserved seating with Upper Reserved tickets for $15, Lower Reserved for $25, and Box Seats for $30. Season Tickets are $60 General Admission, $110 Reserved Seats, $130 Box Seats. Tickets are on sale beginning April 14 at 11:30 am. Tickets will be available online at, in person at the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or by phone at 800-442-2256.

Fans are invited to visit the NIRA’s web page: or for more info on the NIRA and the CNFR.

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