Miami has landed another plum event.
The Miami PBR Invitational, a Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division stop, will be held here Oct. 8-9.
Competition will start at 7:30 p.m. each night at the at the Miami Fairgrounds Arena.
“This (Oct. 8-9) is the last weekend to qualify for the world finals in Las Vegas,” promoter Jeff Lee said at a Tuesday press conference. “What that means for us is that cowboys who are on the bubble (the bottom five on the TV and the top five from the Touring Pro) are going to be competing as hard as they can to make it to the finals.”
The PBR has competitors from the United States, Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Canada.
One of its better known riders is Oklahoman Cord McCoy, who with brother Jet, finished second this past season in the CBS reality series “The Amazing Race.”
PBR events air weekly on Versus, NBC and Fox.
“Miami is a center for entertainment,” Lee said. “It’s well known in the region. We are glad to be able to bring this event to this location.”
Lee likened the PBR’s two distinct competition levels to that of NASCAR, which has the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
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Miami will be one of just four Touring Pro Division events in Oklahoma this season. Others are in Ada, Ardmore and Elk City.
“The Touring Pro Division allows cowboys to compete at this level so they can get onto the TV (Built Ford Tough) level,” Lee said. “It’s just kind of a feeder program to make next year’s superstars.”
The event is a joint effort of the City of Miami, Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Ottawa County Horse Club and Lee’s Tuff Bull Productions.
Ticket information will be available at www.pbrmiamiok.com.