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LAS VEGAS (October 14, 2013) – Enjoy more than eight seconds of excitement at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the “Home of Champions,” as the world’s Top 35 bull riders take over Las Vegas October 23 – 27 for the 2013 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough World Finals. As the Official Host Hotel of the event, MGM Grand will celebrate the PBR’s 20th consecutive year in Sin City. The resort will host a week of bull riding-themed activities including nightly events at the “8 Second Lounge.”

Official PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Welcome Reception
Head over to the “8 Second Lounge,” located near KÀ Theatre, Monday, Oct. 21 when the PBR kicks off the World Finals with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Welcome Reception. The Top 35 bull riders who qualified to compete in the final event of the 2013 season will walk the red carpet scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The Welcome Reception will kick off at 8 p.m. as the riders are officially introduced to fans. Immediately following the rider introductions and World Finals jacket presentation, country artist Sam Riddle will take the stage to perform his hits.

MGM Grand Home of the Champions Bull Riders Autograph Signing
MGM Grand is home to some of the top bull riders including legend of the sport and three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes who won the first-ever PBR world title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1994. Other Home of the Champions Bull Riders team members include:

• Silvano Alves (2012 and 2011 PBR World Champion)
• Guilherme Marchi (2008 PBR World Champion)
• Robson Palermo (2008 PBR World Finals champion)
• Shane Proctor (2011 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion; six-time PBR World Finals qualifier)
• Marco Eguchi
• Joao Ricardo Vieira
• Eduardo Aparecido
• Emilio Resende
• Fabiano Vieira
• Valdiron de Oliveira
• Edevaldo da Silva Ferreira
• Agnaldo Cardozo
• Claudio Crisostomo
• Paulo Crimber

Meet this talented group of athletes when they stop by the “8 Second Lounge” Friday, Oct. 25 to sign autographs for fans. The autograph signing is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The “8 Second Lounge”
Throughout the week, the “8 Second Lounge” will feature nightly drink specials and live entertainment. Guests also can watch the live feed of each PBR World Finals performance Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, the lounge will be the location for the following festivities:

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Wednesday, Oct. 23: Chad Freeman Duo provides live entertainment, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. nightly.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Friday, Oct. 25: Sam Riddle performs a live acoustic set scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Official PBR After-Party and Top 15 Bull Riders Q&A. Head to the “8 Second Lounge” and party with the bull riders after they take on the toughest bulls in the world. The Top 15 riders also will participate in a Q&A during the evening’s events. Fans can listen to what it really feels like to take on the toughest bulls in the world during the five days of competition. The Tony Marques Band is scheduled to provide live entertainment beginning at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27: PBR World Finals Wrap Party. Celebrate with the new PBR World Champion and the other bull riders as the 2013 PBR World Finals comes to a close. Musician Sam Riddle will take the stage, entertaining partygoers beginning at 8 p.m.

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Katharine Sherrer
MGM Resorts International Public Relations
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