Published: September 1, 2012
NASHVILLE – Led by Tennessee native Cody Nance, the Professional Bull Riders will bring the Top 35 bull riders in the world into Bridgestone Arena to compete against the toughest bucking bulls in the Jack Daniel’s Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8.
Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-fueled performance, as the PBR’s brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.
Nance, from Paris, Tenn., is ranked in the Top 25 in the Built Ford Tough Series standings, and was the 2009 PBR Rookie of the Year.
Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets are available at the Bridgestone Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Each of the Top 35 riders will ride on Friday and Saturday. Following Round 1 on Friday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will each compete with one more bull. Following Round 3 on Saturday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round where they will compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all four rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
Nashville is the 23rd of 29 stops on the 2012 BFTS schedule, which opened on Jan. 6-8 with capacity crowds at 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.