BY: SARA BROUN
ATLANTA - The Professional Bull Riders kick off their four-week Stadium Tour on Feb. 18 at the Georgia Dome with the 2012 Built Ford Tough Series Atlanta Invitational. The best bull riders and bulls in the world will compete for one night only in this latest stop in the race for the ultimate prize - $1 million and the World Champion buckle.
Bull riding starts on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, at the Georgia Dome box office, or by calling (800) 745-3000.
At the Atlanta Invitational, fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance, as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.
Action from Atlanta will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The BFTS features the best, highest-paid bull riders on the planet, including PBR World Champion Silvano Alves, fan favorite and Georgia native Sean Willingham, and Last Cowboy Standing champion Luke Snyder. Also anticipated to compete at the Atlanta Invitational are former World Champions Guilherme Marchi and Kody Lostroh, Canadian favorites Aaron Roy and Ty Pozzobon, as well as 2011 Duluth event winner J.B. Mauney, along with Ryan Dirteater and newcomer Dakota Beck.
The PBR is offering a limited number of AllaXXess passes for $50 (ticket to the bull riding not included in this cost). Fans will be able to get down on the dirt for a special one-hour experience where they can meet some of the top bull riders in the world and see the chutes and bulls "up close and personal."
Each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride on Saturday night. Following Round 1, all riders with a qualifying ride will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will each compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from both rounds.
Action from Atlanta will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 18. Fans can also catch the action online at the PBR Live Event Center at pbr.com/live.
Atlanta is the seventh of 28 stops on the 2012 BFTS schedule, which opened at world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York. The season will conclude Oct. 24-28 in Las Vegas with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event in the world, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.
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