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The American: $2 Million – One Day Rodeo!

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The American RFD-TV - $2 Million One-Day Rodeo

Semifinals for The American Feb. 21-23 at Mesquite Arena

Millions in cash prizes bring best cowboys in world to Mesquite as last stop on way to finals

A new concept in rodeo entertainment is coming to the Rodeo Capital of Texas as Mesquite Arena hosts the semifinals for RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Polaris RANGER on Feb. 21-23. The Semifinals are the last opportunity for any cowboy or cowgirl to win a place in The American, where he or she will compete against the best in the world for part of a $2 million purse. Tickets are on sale now for the landmark rodeo event, which takes place Friday, Feb. 21 at 8:00 am, Saturday, Feb.22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. The top finishers in each event will solidify their spot in The American finals on March 2.

The Semifinals will consist of seven events: saddle bronc, bareback, tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and steer wrestling. The event at Mesquite Arena will determine which underdogs will get their shot at a share of the $2 million purse up for grabs as part of The American. The Semifinal’s top five finishers in each event will advance to the finals, the world’s richest one-day rodeo ever held.

Among the competitors expected in Mesquite are 40 past world champions, including a special match between two legendary calf ropers, Joe Beaver and Fred Whitfield, both eight-time world champions for the chance to qualify for The American. Only one will advance to the finals.

Tickets for The American

Tickets for The American Semifinals in Mesquite, Texas, February 21-23, 2014 range from $10 to $30 and can be purchased at the Mesquite Arena’s box office and online at or Text “RODEO” to 44544 for event updates and special offers.

Looking for a “raw” rodeo experience? Sit on the first three rows of the arena and eat like a cowboy at the new Rodeo R.A.W. Club. A full meal, plus beer, wine and soda, in the up-close-and-personal first few rows will make your rodeo experience one to remember. Rub shoulders with rodeo athletes and immerse yourself in the western spirit. Rodeo R.A.W. Club tickets are $60 for adults.

Nothing goes better with rodeo or special events than authentic Texas barbecue in the Pavilion. From smoked brisket and chicken to rodeo beans, corn soufflé to potato salad, rolls to cobbler, everything for a real taste of Texas can be found at Mesquite Arena.

Dubbed “The Rodeo Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature, the World Famous Mesquite Arena is located in Mesquite, Texas just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas at 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75149.  Please visit for information on events throughout the year.

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