PUEBLO, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2014) – The first half of the Professional Bull Riders 2015 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) consists of 18 events stretching from New York City’s Madison Square Garden in the east to Anaheim, California’s Honda Center in the west, and from Billings, Montana’s Rimrock Auto Arena in the north to Dallas, Texas’ AT&T Stadium in the south. The return to a few former cities along the way will bring the PBR to fans country wide.
A stop at Baltimore, Maryland’s Royal Farms Arena kicks off the 2015 BFTS and rings in the New Year on Jan. 2-3. It’s the first of 18 cities in 15 states the sport will visit in the first half of the season.
Allstate Arena will welcome the PBR to the Windy City for the fifth time on Jan. 11-12, and Madison Square Garden will host the Top 35 bull riders in the world for the ninth straight year when the “toughest sport on dirt” stops in the Big Apple on Jan. 16-18.
Iron Cowboy VI will take place at AT&T Stadium on Feb. 28, which will be held in conjunction with The AMERICAN, the world’s richest rodeo. Offering a combined total of $2.15 million in prize money, these events make Feb. 28 –March 1 the richest weekend in Western sports history.
The PBR will also revisit Fresno, California, and the SaveMart Center on March 7-8, and debut in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 13-14 at the newly opened Denny Sanford Premier Center.
On April 17-19, Billings, Montana, will celebrate the 20th consecutive year that the PBR has played its city, being the second oldest event on the BFTS schedule.
The PBR will make five stops in the Midwest, three stops in California, two stops on the East Coast and a stop in its home state of Colorado before the end of May 2015.
“2014 was a remarkable year for the PBR,” PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth said. “After a championship race involving the Top 5 bull riders and the Top 8 bulls in the world, we celebrated two three-time World Champions in Silvano Alves and Bushwacker. We retired Bushwacker, the greatest bucking bull in PBR history and turned 21 in Las Vegas at the World Finals before an audience that produced a double-digit percentage increase over previous years.
“We launched the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, a new circuit with leading sports, entertainment and venue operator AEG and explored opportunities for the PBR in China and New Zealand.
“The sport also enjoyed recognition by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks and will be an integral part of Fox’s film adaptation of his New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel ‘The Longest Ride.’ It’s been an exciting year and as I look upon 2015, I see even more opportunities for the PBR and hope our fans will be there to enjoy all of them right along with us.”
2014 PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES SCHEDULE: FIRST HALF
DATE CITY VENUE ON SALE DATE
Jan. 2-3 Baltimore, Md. Royal Farms Arena On sale now
Jan. 11-12 Chicago, Ill. Allstate Arena On sale now
Jan. 16-18 New York, N.Y. Madison Square Garden On sale now
Jan. 23-25 Oklahoma City, Okla. Chesapeake Energy Arena On sale now
Jan. 30-31 Sacramento, Calif. Sleep Train Arena On sale now
Feb. 6-8 Anaheim, Calif. Honda Center On sale now
Feb. 13-15 St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center On sale now
Feb. 21-22 Kansas City, Mo. Sprint Center November 10, 2014
Feb. 28 Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium On sale now
March 7-8 Fresno, Calif. SaveMart Center November 14, 2014
March 13-14 Sioux Falls, S.D. Denny Sanford Premier Ctr.November 12, 2014
March 20-22 Albuquerque, N.M. The Pit On sale now
March 27-28 Seattle, Wash. Key Arena TBD
April 11-12 Boise, Idaho Idaho Center November 14, 2014
April 17-19 Billings, Mont. Rimrock Auto Arena November 13, 2014
April 25-26 Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena TBD
May 1-3 Colorado Springs, Colo. World Arena TBD
May 23-24 TBD
The second half of the BFTS season will include an additional nine events which will be announced at a later date.
For more details and ticket outlets for each city, visit www.pbr.com.
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