For the third straight year, the world's richest one-day rodeo will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN, presented by Polaris RANGER on Feb. 28, 2016, together with The American Semi-Finals, Feb. 17-21 in Fort Worth, will be televised live and offer a cash-and-prize purse of more than $2.5 million.
“I knew this rodeo had tremendous potential, but in two short years, THE AMERICAN has grown faster than any sporting event I’ve been associated with,” Bernard said. “Together with our great sponsors, RFD-TV is excited to again showcase the best rodeo athletes in the world and give them a chance to make the kind of money they would make in any other professional sport.”
Polaris RANGER will mark its third year as the presenting sponsor of THE AMERICAN.
“We’re proud to be continuing our partnership with RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN,” said Beth Shimanski, marketing manager of off-road vehicles for Polaris. “This unique rodeo format has brought excitement to the rodeo community and we are thrilled to be back as a part of the event.”
At the 2016 AMERICAN, fans can expect to see today’s most spectacular stock matched against rodeo and bull-riding superstars including world champions J.B. Mauney, Trevor Brazile, Silvano Alves, Kaycee Feild and Clay O’Brien Cooper.
THE AMERICAN will again coincide with the PBR’s Iron Cowboy, scheduled for Feb. 27, 2016, in AT&T Stadium. The second PBR Major of the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series features the top 40 stars of the PBR riding the sport’s rankest bulls until one cowboy prevails – hence the name “iron cowboy.” Together, THE AMERICAN and Iron Cowboy constitute the richest weekend in Western sports, which is expected to draw more than 100,000 fans to North Texas.
There are three ways to qualify for competition in THE AMERICAN. The top 10 contestants in the world receive automatic invitations. Additionally, a handful of exemptions are offered to the brightest rising stars and retired Hall-of-Famers in the sport. And finally, hopeful contestants can pay an entry fee to compete at “qualifiers” throughout the year sanctioned by Better Barrel Races, Professional Bull Riders, Professional Rough Stock Series, Ultimate Calf Roping and United States Team Roping Championships. Last year, nearly 4,000 entries were fielded at 70 qualifying events for the half-million-dollar American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, where nearly 600 athletes from around the world battled for 38 byes into THE AMERICAN.
Tickets for THE AMERICAN and Iron Cowboy go on sale to the general public on Friday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. (CT) and range in price from $20 to $152. Discounts of up to $50 are available for combination tickets to both events. For pre-sale availability, visit Facebook.com/RFD-TV and Facebook.com/RFD-TVTheAmerican. Tickets are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office and Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. More details are available at americanrodeo.com.