Professional Bull Riding 2011 Built Ford Tough Series schedule announced
PUEBLO, CO – Visiting eight of the 20 largest markets in the United States, the Professional Bull Riders announced their 2011 elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) schedule that will make 28 stops in 23 states beginning Jan. 7-9 in New York City.
Featuring the top bull riders in the world and the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet, the BFTS travels to 20 of the largest television markets, including the top three with New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
“The 2011 Built Ford Tough Series schedule sets the stage for the continued growth of our sport and the PBR brand,” said PBR Chief Global Events Officer David Cordovano. “We are excited to be returning to the Pacific Northwest and the great fans in Portland and Seattle as well as adding key stops throughout the country including Chicago, Charlotte and Indianapolis.”
The season begins at world famous Madison Square Garden, which hosted three sellout crowds in a row in 2010. It concludes Oct. 26-30 in Las Vegas with the PBR World Finals and the crowning of the 2011 PBR World Champion, who receives the largest single payout of any bull riding event in the world and a $1 million bonus.
The PBR will make its first trip to the United Center in Chicago on Mar. 5-6, and Milwaukee, WI, will host its inaugural BFTS event on Sept. 9-10. The PBR is back in Indianapolis after more than 10 years on Jan. 29-30, and visits Key Arena in Seattle for the first time on Apr. 29-30.
After setting one-day records for largest crowd (46,500) and largest payout ($260,000) on Feb. 20, 2010, the PBR heads back to Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 19 for a special one-day event.
J.B. Mauney and Shane Proctor of Mooresville, NC will be competing only 30 miles from home when the BFTS visits Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
“It is always more exciting when all your family and friends can be there,” said Mauney, who is ranked third in the BFTS standings. “I was leading going into the last day when we were there in 2007, but didn’t win so I want to win there next year.”
It will be less than an hour for Ross Coleman to travel from Molalla, OR to compete at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR on Feb. 4-5 and for Travis Briscoe to drive from Edgewood, NM to Albuquerque and the world-famous Pit on Mar. 25-27.
Oklahomans will be able to cheer home state favorites Austin Meier of Kinta, Ryan McConnel of Coalgate, L.J. Jenkins of Porum and Cord McCoy of Ada in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11-13 and at Tulsa on Aug. 12-13.
“Oklahoma City and Tulsa are definitely two events that I want to win every year,” said Meier, who is currently the top-ranked rider in the world. “They are also special because it is nice to know that all your family and friends can be there rooting for you in person instead of watching on TV.”
Tickets for the first 19 events will be available to PBR Fan Club members beginning Oct. 1. Tickets will be on sale to the general public on an event-by-event basis. For ticket availability and information, visit http://www.PBR.com and select the event.
2011 PBR Built Ford Tough Series Schedule
• Jan. 7-9 – Madison Square Garden, New York;
• Jan. 14-15 – Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA;
• Jan. 21-22 – Honda Center, Anaheim, CA;
• Jan. 29-30 – Conseco Fieldhouse – Indianapolis;
• Feb. 4-5 – Rose Garden, Portland, OR;
• Feb. 11-13 – Ford Center, Oklahoma City;
• Feb. 19 – Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX;
• Feb. 25-27 – Scottrade Center, St. Louis;
• March 5-6 – United Center, Chicago;
• March 12-13 – Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ;
• March 18-19 – Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA;
• March 25-27, The Pit, Albuquerque, NM;
• April 2-3 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO;
• April 9-10 – St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL;
• April 16 – TBD, Las Vegas;
• April 29-30 – Key Arena, Seattle;
• May 6-7 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA;
• May 13-14 – The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA;
• May 20-21 – Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO;
• Aug. 5-7 – Rimrock Arena, Billings, MT;
• Aug. 12-13 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK;
• Aug. 19-20 – AT&T Center, San Antonio;
• Sept. 9-10 – Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI;
• Sept. 16-18 – JQH Arena, Springfield, MO;
• Sept. 23-24 – INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS;
• Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC;
• Oct. 7-9 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT;
• Oct. 14-15 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH;
• Oct. 26-30, – Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas.
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