Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 | 5:06 p.m.
The Official PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, which begin tonight, got underway with a welcome reception at 8 Second Lounge in MGM Grand on Monday night. Every bull rider who qualified to compete in the final event of the 2013 season walked the red carpet and received their World Finals jacket from PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth and PBR COO Sean Gleason.
All of the MGM Grand “Home of the Champion” bull riders also attended, including reigning and two-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2012 and 2011), 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi and Shane Proctor, the six-time PBR World finals qualifier and 2011 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion.
Other MGM Grand “Home of the Champions” riders include three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes, 2008 PBR World Finals Champion Robson Palermo, Marco Eguchi, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Eduardo Aparecido, Emilio Resende, Fabiano Vieira, Valdiron de Oliveira, Edevaldo da Silva Ferreira, Agnaldo Cardozo, Claudio Crisostomo and Paulo Crimber.
All 15 riders will stop by 8 Second Lounge on Friday afternoon to sign autographs for fans. Thanks to Bryan Steffy of WireImage for his photo gallery.
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MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
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