PBR BlueDEF Tour Announces 2016 Full Schedule

By: Denise Abbott
January 07, 2016

The 2016 BlueDEF Tour season is currently underway. Photo by Andy Gregory.

The 2016 BlueDEF Tour season is currently underway. Photo by Andy Gregory.

PUEBLO, Colo. This weekend, the Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Tour presented by Real Time Pain Relief (BDT) gets into full swing with a stop at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The tour officially kicked off Nov. 14 in Ontario, California, with events in Bakersfield, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio, taking place in the following weeks.

After a break for the holidays, the BDT will buck through 2016 culminating with the BlueDEF Finals that will take place at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 28-30, leading into the PBR’s 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals. The winner of the BlueDEF Finals, the second and third place finishers, and the highest finishing international athlete, along with the 2016 BlueDEF Tour Champion, will each qualify to compete at the PBR World Finals.

“The 2016 BlueDEF Tour schedule has come together extremely well with stops in key markets that are important for the continued growth of the series,” said David Cordovano, the head of the BlueDEF Tour. “These cities represent a good cross section of the PBR fan base that will provide increased exposure for our sponsors and engagement with our fans.”

The BlueDEF Tour will bring the talent of the PBR that fans have come to expect from the leader in the sport of bull riding, along with the excitement and hard-hitting competition of the toughest sport on dirt to cities across the U.S., including:

Jan. 9: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Jan. 11-13: Denver, Colo. (National Western Stock Show)
Jan. 16: Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)
Jan. 23: Yakima, Wash. (Yakima Valley SunDome)
Jan. 30: Wichita, Kan. (INTRUST Bank Arena)
Feb. 5-6: Salt Lake City, Utah (Maverik Center)
Feb. 13: Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
Feb. 20: Worcester, Mass. (DCU Center)
Feb. 27: Portland, Ore. (Moda Center)
March 5: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Coliseum)
March 11-12: Bangor, Maine (Cross Insurance Center)
March 18-19: Wheeling, W.V. (WesBanco Center)
April 2: Fresno, Calif. (SaveMart Center)
April 9: Milwaukee, Wis. (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
April 15-16: Omaha, Neb. (CenturyLink Center)
April 23: Winston-Salem, N.C. (LJVM Coliseum)
Sept. 10: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
Sept. 16-17: Allentown, Pa. (PPL Center)
Oct. 22: Corpus Christi, Texas (American Bank Center)
Oct. 28-30: Las Vegas (South Point Arena – BlueDEF Finals)

Live streams and event highlights of the 2016 BlueDEF Tour presented by Real Time Pain Relief, can be found on PBR’s live streaming channel PBR LIVE at

For more event details and ticket information, visit

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