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New statewide coronavirus restrictions halt team roping event at South Point

The South Point Hotel and Casino is located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Silverado Ranch in Las Vegas
Posted at 7:51 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 02:25:38-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The latest COVID-19 restrictions announced over the weekend by Gov. Steve Sisolak has put a halt to an upcoming sporting event at the South Point hotel-casino.

The Ariat World Series of Team Roping was scheduled to take place Dec. 5-13, but due to the new regulations limiting public gatherings organizers said the event will be rescheduled for December 2021.

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The WSTR team released the following statement in a press release on Monday reading in part:

"Regretfully, we must inform you that due to the new restrictions imposed last night, by the governor of Nevada, the ESTR Finale XV has to be canceled and will occur next December."

The World Series of Team Roping says it started in 2006 as a recreational diversion for cowboys during the National Finals of Rodeo and it has since evolved into the richest team roping event in the world. The 2014 and 2015 finale paid out over $10,000,000 - setting divisional payout records for the sport.

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The event brings contestants from around the country to the South Point property for the competition with South Point's arena director Steve Stallworth calling it one of the hotel's biggest events.

“We’re very disappointed we won’t be able to host what is considered the Super Bowl event on our schedule every year,” Stallworth said.

Back in September, the 2020 National Finals Rodeo also reported it wouldn't be calling Vegas home for its annual event scheduled for December due to the coronavirus pandemic.