Professional Bull Riders Buck Up OKC's Economy

Monday, February 14th 2011, 12:47 am
By: News 9

Jacqueline Sit, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Professional Bull Riders tour was in Oklahoma City this weekend and those big talents meant big bucks for the city.

Amazing Race contestant Cord McCoy was up against the best of the best bull riders in the world right in his home state.

"It feels good. I love riding in Oklahoma," McCoy said.

While the bulls are ready to buck at the competition, businesses expected to bring in big bucks. Oklahoma City expected about $2.5 million to come in this weekend.

"You'll have visitors particularly from Oklahoma. There's a lot of Oklahoma bull riders, and so we expect those folks to pull in a pretty good audience on their own to come root for their own favorite Oklahoma cowboy," said Michael Carrier, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

That's good news for restaurants and local businesses that expect thousands of people from across the state.

Bass Pro Shop reeled in quite a crowd with 7,000 people in one day.

"The traffic from PBR has helped us a lot a little more people than usual," said Casey Ferguson, Bass Pro Shop.

Back at the Oklahoma City Arena, it's more than just the adrenaline rush for the world renown bull riding pro. It's home sweet home.

"You can just feel the electricity here in Oklahoma City that when they say your name and, you know, how many people get behind you and want you to do good, I think that makes it a little bit more special than other places," McCoy said.

Sunday was the last day for PBR in Oklahoma City, and about 25,000 people were projected to check out the competition this weekend.