Pro Bull Riders Come to Century Link
Omaha, NE- It's big money for eight seconds, but it's a rough eight seconds, and that's an understatement.
The Professional Bull Riders, or PBR stops through Omaha this weekend. Crews began setting up 4 a.m. Friday morning for the event that more than 7,000 people from across the state are expected to come to watch.
Headlining the competition is 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals qualifier Brant Atwood, of Pampa, Texas, and Jason Malone, of San Antonio.
"It's a huge production. There was a concert here last night. They got done about 2, so we started bringing dirt in around 4. We bring about 6 tons of dirt in," Devin Vaughn, spokesman said.
Local bull riders include Bart Miller, Josh Call, of Mullen, Neb., and Kayne Boswell, of Buffalo, Neb.
The last time PBR cowboys came to Omaha was 2009. Spectators can was 8-second rides and wrecks as the PBR's cowboys risk it all against animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.
"The potential for injury is definitely there. And we know that everybody knows that," cowboy Jason Melone said.
Judges score both the bulls and the riders.
Headquartered in Pueblo, Colo., the Professional Bull Riders was created in 1992 by a group of 20 bull riders who broke away from the traditional rodeo scene. The group was seeking mainstream attention for the sport of professional bull riding, the most popular sport at a rodeo.
The PBR turns 21 in 2014, and will award more than $10 million in prize money, including a $1 million bonus from
Ford to the World Champion. The competitors at this weekend's event are hoping to earn a slot in the competition for the $1 million.