Event Facts & Schedule
March 2-3, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
The American returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in 2019. Mark your calendars now to attend the World’s Richest Weekend in Western Sports from March 2–3, 2019. The industry's most talented athletes compete in qualifying events all year long in the hopes of earning a chance to rope and ride in this incredible annual rodeo event.
1 AT&T Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Doors Open to the Public at 5:00 PM
This will be the “long go” for the rodeo. The top 15 in each event will participate.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 2:00 pm
Doors Open to the Public at 12:30 PM
This will be the “short go” (Top 8 and Top 4) for the rodeo.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Opens at 12 PM (Noon)
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Opens at 10 AM
This will be in the East and West Plazas and is FREE to the public. There will be vendors, muttin’ bustin’, entertainment, and shopping. More information is available HERE.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 11 AM
At AT&T Stadium. Doors open at ENTRY K at 10:15 AM, and you must have a rodeo ticket to get in.
EVENT FACTS AND HISTORY
RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN is the results of a full-year of work. Qualifying events are held across the country, throughout the calendar year as ropers and riders hope to compete in Arlington during the world's richest one-day rodeo!
RFD-TV’s The American is an annual event that occurs each year at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The American is now “the world’s richest weekend in Western Sports” and will pay out $2.35 million through a series of qualifiers, The Semi-Finals, and the final event, RFD-TV’s The American. The event unites the top athletes in the world from the PRCA and pits them against underdogs who advance from The American Semi-Finals, together to battle for the biggest single paycheck of their lives.
PAST CHAMPIONS OF THE AMERICAN
Check out the list of past winners of THE AMERICAN by year.
THE SIDE POT
THE AMERICAN invites the top rodeo athletes in seven events from the PRCA to compete for a $2.35 million purse in the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Anyone can qualify via the Semi-Finals and any contestant who advances to THE AMERICAN and out-rides or out-ropes the sport’s super stars is eligible for an additional $1 million bonus.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE AMERICAN
The American Semi-Finals are held at Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Approximately 700 contests compete over four days for the chance to advance to THE AMERICAN and to compete for the $1,000,000 side pot. In addition to the competition inside Cowtown Coliseum, fans will be able to enjoy the FanZone in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. While there, they can attend concerts, watch demonstrations, enjoy food trucks and much more.
There are three ways to qualify for competition in THE AMERICAN. The top contestants in the world receive invitations. Additionally, a handful of exemptions are offered to the brightest stars in the sport. And finally, hopeful contestants can pay an entry fee to compete at “qualifiers” throughout the year sanctioned by PRCA, Better Barrel Races and Ultimate Calf Roping. In past years, nearly 4,000 entries competed at 70 qualifying events to make the American Semi-Finals, where nearly 700 athletes from around the world battled for 38 byes into THE AMERICAN.
Fans can expect to see today’s most spectacular bucking horses and bulls matched against rodeo and bull riding superstars. Rodeo and bucking bull companies from across the country bring some of their best animal athletes to test the skills of the bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders.
Tickets are now on sale for 2019 RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN. The best cowboys and cowgirls in the world will compete at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 2-3 for a payout of $2,355,000. RFD-TV’S The American will continue to make history with record breaking payouts and high intensity rodeo action.
RFD TV's The American will call AT&T Stadium home for the next 5 years which provides the opportunity to buy season tickets to the event. The season ticket option lets you claim the same seat year after year at a discounted price!
In addition to the season tickets, The All-American VIP Seats are available for avid rodeo fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s richest two-day rodeo. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including early entry, a tour of AT&T Stadium; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top rodeo stars. The All-American VIP Seats are available for $500 and can be purchased at seatgeek.com or on THE AMERICAN App.