By: Heather Croze
August 01, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. – The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will celebrate 25 years of competition in 2018. Over the course of 17 premier tour events in the first half of the season, the best bull riders in the world will compete in 15 states and continue the tradition that began in a motel room in 1992 when 20 bull riders founded the PBR.
The first half of the 2018 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule is highlighted by the tour’s 12th visit to Madison Square Garden, another Major at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and a return to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia.
The race to the 2018 World Championship will begin Jan. 5-7 in New York City at the “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden. The three-day Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden event will be the first of four PBR Majors of 2018.
The following weekend, the PBR’s premier tour stops in Chicago at Allstate Arena on Jan. 13-14 before returning to the Sooner State on Jan. 20-21 in Oklahoma City.
The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, will welcome the PBR for the second time at its new state-of-the-art arena from Jan. 26-28. It will be the PBR’s 16th time in Sactown, as well as the first of two trips to California in the first half of the season.
The following weekend the “toughest sport on dirt” heads down the coast to Anaheim, California, for the 21st straight year to storm into the Honda Center on Feb. 2-3.
The bulls and bull riders will then head to the Midwest for back-to-back weekends in Missouri, stopping first in Kansas City on Feb. 10-11 for the Kansas City Invitational and then on Feb. 17-18 in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.
Feb. 24 will be the PBR’s second Major of the season, when AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, hosts Iron Cowboy.
Following stops in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 2-3, Duluth on March 10-11 and Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 16-18, the PBR will visit Glendale, Arizona, at Gila River Casino Arena. The tour will then take a week off for Easter before resuming in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Sioux Falls event has been one of the most successful events in the PBR’s history. The First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center has sold out its previous two years.
The PBR will then head to the Tacoma Dome on April 14-15 for the second consecutive year in Tacoma, Washington.
The longest running event for the PBR continues on April 20-22 at the RimRock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana. The tour has thrilled fans in Billings 23 times in the 25-year history of the sport.
As the PBR’s top athletes race toward the championship buckle and a $1-million bonus, fans can check with PBR.com for tickets to all 2018 events as well as the 2018 PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7-11.
CBS Sports remains the exclusive television partner of the PBR, with events airing on the CBS television network and CBS Sports Network.
2018 PBR BUILT PREMIER SERIES SCHEDULE: FIRST HALF
|Jan 5-7||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|Jan 13-14||Chicago||Allstate Arena|
|Jan 20-21||Oklahoma City||Chesapeake Energy Arena|
|Jan 26-28||Golden 1 Center||$21,086|
|Feb 2-3||Honda Center||$20,076|
|Feb 10-11||Sprint Center||$19,364|
|Feb 17-18||St. Louis, Missouri||Scottrade Center|
|Feb 24||Arlington, Texas||AT&T Stadium|
|March 2-3||Little Rock, Arkansas||Verizon Arena|
|March 10-11||Duluth, Georgia||Infinite Energy Center|
|March 16-18||Albuquerque, N.M.||Wise Pies Arena, AKA “The Pit”|
|March 23-24||Glendale, Arizona||Gila River Casino Arena|
|April 6-8||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Denny Sanford PREMIER Center|
|April 14-15||Tacoma, Washington||Tacoma Dome|
|April 20-22||Billings, Montana||RimRock Auto Arena|
|May 11-12||Las Vegas, Nevada||TBD|
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