PUEBLO, Colo. ― On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Jan. 24-26, the Professional Bull Riders elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) heads to Chesapeake Energy Arena with the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the best bucking bulls in the business for its 14th appearance in Oklahoma City.
It’s the PBR BFTS Oklahoma City where each rider will face off with an opponent nearly 100 times their weight in sinewy brawn during 8-second battles from which only one athlete will be left standing.
The bull riding action begins Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $100, are on sale now to the general public. They can be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena ticket office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
In addition to the defending event champion Sean Willingham, Bushwacker streak slayer and newly crowned 2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney is expected to be in the lineup for this three-day event. Joining them are former World Champions Silvano Alves (2011, 2012), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004); young guns Jory Markiss, Douglas Duncan and Chase Outlaw; and fan favorites L.J. Jenkins and Shane Proctor.
Challenging these men will be the series’ best bulls. In 2013, Bushwacker emerged from the OKC event as the high-marked bull of the weekend. He was joined in the championship round by Smackdown and Shepherd Hills Tested, as well as Train Wreck and Mississippi. These and others are presently expected to appear this January.
Oklahoma City will be the fourth stop of 27 on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season kicks off Jan. 3-5 at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” New York’s Madison Square Garden. It will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26 when the 2014 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who amasses the most points during the 2014 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
SACRAMENTO WELCOMES BACK PBR FOR 11th YEAR
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ― For the 11th consecutive year the world’s premiere bull riding organization, the Professional Bull Riders, will bring the best bull riders and bulls to the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014, for the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series
Sacramento is the fifth stop on the 2014 BFTS schedule. The competition will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale today at the Sleep Train Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000. For more information visit www.pbr.com.
During this two-day event, fans will experience more than two hours of non-stop action filled with exhilarating rides and heart-stopping wrecks that will bring them to the edge of their seats as they watch the PBR’s courageous cowboys risk it all against their 2,000-pound opponents.
2013 Sacramento event champion Guilherme Marchi, young guns Chase Outlaw and Jory Markiss, as well as fan favorites L.J. Jenkins and Douglas Duncan are in the lineup. Marchi went 3-for-3 on his bulls last year and won in front of a sold-out Saturday night crowd.
Six former PBR World Champions are also scheduled to ride in Sacramento, including 2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes, (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).
All Top 35 bull riders will ride one bull each in Rounds 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday. After Round 2 on Saturday, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled and the Top 10-15 riders on two bulls will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.
The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26 when the 2014 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who amasses the most points during the 2014 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
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