Retiring Christenson amazed at NFR’s evolution in Las Vegas


For 37 years, Pat Christenson’s fingerprints have been all over the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo. So indeed, the 2022 Wrangler NFR isn’t his first rodeo. Far from it. But it will be his last. Christenson is retiring as president of Las Vegas Events, a role he has held since 2001. Before that, Christenson was assistant director and then director of the Thomas & Mack Center. Since 1985, when the Wrangler NFR moved from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas, no one has been more involved in the event’s massive growth or arguably more responsible for its incredible success.