It’s only fitting for the stadium with the world’s largest video screen, one of the biggest capacities, and most cheered on teams in America to also host the largest event in rodeo history. The American is upping the ante and bringing a $2 Million pay out to the table, the largest one-day payout in rodeo history. The world’s greatest cowboys and cowgirls will head down to Arlington, Texas on March 2, 2014 and takeover the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium for The American, what many are considering to be the next big thing for rodeo. Check out the rodeo seating chart for AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium):
While one-day rodeo championships are far and few between, The American has built its foundation on being just that; One Big Rodeo. The rodeo will feature the top 10 riders from each of the following sanctioned events, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Pro Roughstock Series, United States Team Roping Championships, Better Barrel Racers, and the Ultimate Calf Roping Series. Outside of the top ten and think you can compete with the best of the best? The American has you covered with five qualifying events leading up to the rodeo extravaganza in Arlington that will culminate in Mesquite, Texas. The qualifiers will be from all over the country and have their shot to compete for a share of that $2 Million prize.
The two million dollar payout is one of the richest in rodeo history and will be broken down into each event with first place earning $100 thousand and second place getting $25 thousand. The other million dollars will make up a side pot set aside for the qualifiers. To get their hands on the side pot, the qualifiers must beat the best and win their sanctioned event.
In a state that features three of the biggest rodeo’s already in Austin, San Antonio and Houston, The American will be sharing the spotlight with some heavy contenders, but a cash prize at that amount is sure to help sway the light a bit.