We drove into downtown Phoenix this evening to the Talking Stick Arena for the first night of the PBR in Phoenix. The Professional Bull Riders tour did not come to Arizona last year, so it's been a while since we've seen it live.
Since we are members of the PBR Fan Club, we had gotten a call with an opportunity to purchase tickets before they went on sale to the general public. We ended up with really good seats, down in front, right by the chutes. We were right behind one of the judges - who even gave me his re-ride flag to hold while he went to the rest room...
The bull riding was fun to watch in person. The bulls seem a lot bigger and tougher than they do on TV. As a bonus, we got to watch four young two year-old bulls were bucked (without riders) for 4 seconds each. There was also an interlude that featured three bull fighters. The bulls used for this are bred differently then the bucking bulls - they are mean! More like the bulls raised for bull fights we saw in Spain.
It was overcast most of the day today. It was still quite warm, in the 80s. I don't know if this is part of the California coastal storms, but so far there has been no rain.