Nationally televised Built Ford Tough Series to kick off the 2012 PBR season with world’s best bull riders at world’s most famous arena
NEW YORK – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will bring the 6th Annual Madison Square Garden Invitational presented by Full Metal Jousting on HISTORY on January 6-8, 2012, to kick off the nationally televised, elite 2012 Built Ford Tough Series season, featuring the world’s toughest cowboys and rankest bulls.
The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series will rock New York with three bone-crushing, adrenaline-soaked performances, as the Top 40 bull riders in the world – including the 2011 Madison Square Garden Invitational champion Valdiron de Oliveira – risk it all against athletic animals weighing as much as 2,000 pounds. Fans will be thrilled as they watch intense 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks when riders try to stay on and survive animals 10 times their size.
The nationally televised PBR 2012 Built Ford Tough Series will visit 23 different states with 28 events in 2012. The 2012 schedule will feature the best bull riders from across the globe competing against the rankest bulls on the planet in front of millions of fans across the country to win a share of over $10 million for the season.
Tickets for the Professional Bull Riders 2012 Madison Square Garden Invitational presented by Full Metal Jousting on History are $205, $105, $50, $35, $25 and $15 (prices do not include taxes and facility fees) and are available at the MSG box office, www.ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN EVENT SCHEDULE:
Friday, January 6 — 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 7 — 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 8 — 1:00 p.m.
About the PBR 2012 Madison Square Garden Invitational presented by Full Metal Jousting on History
Each of the Top 40 bull riders in the world will be participating. Following Round 2 on Saturday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will each compete with one more bull. Following Round 4 on Sunday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores 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 all five rounds.
Witnessed by millions of fans across the country, the BFTS schedule has 28 stops in 23 states with riders competing for a share in more than $10 million in total prize money. The season culminates in October 2012 in Las Vegas with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. The World Finals is 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.
About PBR’s 2012 Built Ford Tough Series
The PBR’s 2012 Built Ford Tough Series will kick off at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” New York’s Madison Square Garden, January 6-8, and will culminate in Las Vegas at the 2012 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, October 24-28. Highlights of this year’s schedule include the all-new four-week stadium tour, in which the Built Ford Tough Series will visit Detroit’s Ford Field and Houston’s Reliant Stadium for the first time ever. The tour will also visit Atlanta’s Georgia Dome and Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on VERSUS, NBC, CBS and networks around the world. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 21 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million — the most of any western sports athlete in history. Nearly two million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. Follow PBR on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on the PBR, please visit: www.pbr.com.