Plaza Hotel & Casino to open permanent outdoor equestrian facility

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is opening a new, permanent outdoor equestrian facility just in time for the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) – making it the first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in downtown Las Vegas.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is expanding their equestrian center and making it a permanent addition.

An official hotel sponsor of the NFR and host hotel for the Junior NFR, the Plaza’s new facility will feature two outdoor arenas for roping practice and exercise during the event. After NFR comes to an end, the equestrian center will become the city’s newest outdoor event venue.

“There is no better way to pay homage to our western history than to create a home for rodeo downtown, where Las Vegas got its start,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza. “However, this is not only about the rodeo. The Plaza’s new equestrian center is a testament to the continued growth of downtown. We look forward to welcoming a diverse schedule of outdoor events to the Plaza’s Core Arena and Equestrian Center beginning next year.”

With this expanded center next to the hotel and casino, the Plaza has doubled the number of horse stalls to 200, and 80 of those will be open for year-round use. During NFR, the facility will offer the largest stalls in Las Vegas and 24-hour onsite veterinarian services and security.

In addition to the expanded equestrian center, the Plaza has planned a full slate of rodeo-related events during NFR.


On Thursday, Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m., 75 performance horses of all disciplines will be auctioned off at the Diamonds in the Desert Horse Sale in the Plaza’s showroom, just like the sales in the 1970s. The public, as well as horse brokers and buyers from across the country are invited to attend the sale that will feature live and online bidding.

The Rodeo Fashion and Western Arts Expo will take over the Plaza’s convention space from Dec. 6-15 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. During this event, rodeo fans can shop from 75 vendors offering custom cowboy hats and other authentic western attire.

To learn more about the new equestrian center and its planned rodeo-related events, visit


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