BILOXI, Miss (Sept 23, 2014) – The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, which debuted at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in 2013, is returning to Biloxi, Miss., Oct. 3-4, with the Battle at the Beau, presented by PBR. The two-day event will feature more than two hours of non-stop, heart-pounding 8-second battles between 150-pound men and 2,000-pound bulls. The fans will be thrilled and left on the edge of their seats in excitement as they watch the intensity and incredulity of the PBR.
The Battle at the Beau will showcase the world’s Top 35 bull riders riding the best bucking bulls in the business for their share of the $140,000 total event purse. As the second to last event of the regular season, the cowboys will be hanging on for dear life to earn every point needed to qualify for the $2.2 million season finale – the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas Oct. 22-26. Biloxi is the 25th stop on the BFTS and one of only 26 cities to host the series this year.
“Our debut in Biloxi last year was great,” said Jim Haworth, Chairman and CEO of the PBR. “The fans were truly appreciative of the chance to see the PBR in person and bestowed incredible hospitality on our riders who enjoyed the city and enthusiastic support. We are definitely looking forward to returning this fall.”
Tickets for the Oct. 3-4 event are on sale to the general public and are priced from $15 to $100. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office or via phone at 800-745-3000. The bull riding action begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Riders currently scheduled to compete include six former PBR World Champions: J.B. Mauney (2013), Silvano Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes, (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004), the defending PBR Biloxi event champion. Also expected to ride are rookie sensations Gage Gay and Tanner Byrne, and veterans Sean Willingham, L.J. Jenkins and Kasey Hayes.
“MGM Resorts and Beau Rivage are pleased to bring this exciting event to Biloxi,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International’s Southern Operations. “The championship event in Las Vegas is always a big draw and we look forward to capturing some of that excitement on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the cowboys compete in one of their final stops before heading to the World Finals.”
The weekend kicks off with the Professional Bull Riding Meet & Greet at in EIGHT75 Beau Rivage Thursday, October 2 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet and take photos with bull riders Chase Outlaw and Sean Willingham. Guests can also enter a free drawing to win a lunch with a authentic PBR cowboy, an overnight stay at Beau Rivage, complimentary tickets to the weekend’s Professional Bull Riding Events and other great prizes.
Friday, October 3, the top 35 bull riders will face one bull each in Round 1. On Saturday, all 35 bull riders will face another bull in Round 2. After these rounds, the scores will be totaled and the top 10-15 bull riders on two bulls will return for the championship round. The winner will be the rider with the highest score after three rounds of competition.
As one of the last events before the season finale PBR World Finals, the competition is sure to be fearless and intense as each man will be fighting with a determination unmatched and unseen in any other sport.
The Built Ford Tough Series will culminate with the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on October 23-27. The finals will crown the 2013 PBR World Champion who will receive the coveted championship buckle, a $1 million bonus and a new pickup truck from Ford, the title sponsor of the Built Ford Tough Series.
PBR celebrates 20 years of competition in 2013. Its Built Ford Tough Series is televised weekly on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as Executive Producer.
The bull riding action begins each evening at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the two-day event are priced from $15 to $100. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office or via phone at 800-745-3000.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Professional Bull Riders Meet & Greet Battle At The Beau – Round 1
Thursday, October 2 Friday, October 3
EIGHT75 at Beau Rivage Mississippi Coast Coliseum
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Battle At The Beau – Round 2
Saturday, October 4
Mississippi Coast Coliseum