The Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo will return to Boardwalk Hall for a second year, March 30 through April 1. Show time for Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., and Sunday is 1 p.m. Each day, the rodeo will be 2 1/2 hours.
Boardwalk Hall will be filled with 1,250 tons of dirt as the historic convention center will be the setting for bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and the marquee attraction of the rodeo experience — bull riding.
“The Atlantic City Alliance is delighted to support the Rodeo in its second year at Atlantic City,” said Atlantic City Alliance President and CEO Liza Cartmell. “This is just one example that demonstrates the great diversity of offerings that Atlantic City provides to a broad array of visitors and residents. We are proud to be their partner and look forward to another outstanding performance.”
Exciting events and activities will be taking place around Atlantic City to support the return of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) will be hosting a Championship Rodeo Camp for children ages 8 and older on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp curriculum includes an introduction to Roughstock events such as safety and fundamentals, livestock safety, injury prevention, tips from pros, chute procedures, riding equipment overview, goal setting, and introduction to PRCA. Limited spots are available. To register for the Camp, visit www.prorodeo.com/youthrodeo.aspx. For questions and additional information, e-mail email@example.com or call 719-304-1471.
To entice customers and to celebrate this All-American event, the Atlantic City casinos will once again be engaging in marketing efforts at individual properties through various activities such as offering themed entertainment or food and beverage specials, and sharing event information with their employees and guests. Media partners will also soon be announcing their own associated promotions including the “Boardwalk Rodeo Line Dance” on Friday, March 30 at high noon.
In addition to the off-site events mentioned above, rodeo ticket holders will also receive a special incentive. Courtesy of Berman Travel and Spirit Airlines, event-goers will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive sweepstakes consisting of two roundtrip tickets for a four day, four night stay in Cancun, Mexico. Rodeo fans can enter to win this trip by visiting the Berman Travel booth at Boardwalk Hall during each of the event days.
The PRCA-sanctioned event, presented by Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company, will bring the biggest rodeo on the East Coast to Atlantic City. More than $90,000 in prize money will be up for grabs, making this a sought-after competition for cowboys and cowgirls from across the country. These cowboys and cowgirls will be put to the test as they make their way through the seven challenging PRCA show events including:
- Bareback Riding- Cowboys must ride a bucking horse for eight seconds, holding onto nothing but a single handhold rigging cinch
- Tie-Down Roping- A timed race which calls for a mounted cowboy to chase a calf down the arena and rope and tie the calf
- Saddle Bronc Riding- A test to see if a cowboy can stay in the saddle of a wild, unbroken horse for eight seconds
- Team Roping- Two riders must ride out and rope a steer in the fastest time.
- Barrel Racing- A cowgirl and her horse must complete a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels within the quickest timeframe.
- Steer Wrestling- After dropping from their horse, the rider must wrestle a steer to the ground by the horns in an effort to stop the clock.
- Bull Riding- A cowboy must ride a bull for eight seconds while holding onto only a rope which is connected to the bull
Tickets are still available and are priced at $16, $31, $51 and $102. Family four-packs are also on sale for $79 and include four tickets; four hot dogs and four soft drinks (must be purchased in advance). There is a $5 discount on $31 and $51 seats for groups of 10 or more. Two complimentary tickets are available for each block of 40 tickets sold. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800-736-1420 or at ticketmaster.com. For Group Sales call 609-348-7023. For more information about the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, visit http://acboardwalkrodeo.com. For more information about PRCA, visit www.prorodeo.com. For more information about the Atlantic City Alliance, visit http://atlanticcityalliance.net.
Photo: Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo website