PUEBLO, Colo. – In just two weeks, the 2015 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough World Finals will commence in Las Vegas for the 22nd consecutive year.
The Tyson Fan Zone, the PBR’s interactive entertainment marketplace, will be open to fans for the third consecutive year during the World Finals in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Different from past World Finals, the Fan Zone will be held indoors at the South Point Priefert Pavilion this year.
Admission to the Fan Zone is complimentary. Interactive opportunities include: PBR sponsor booths from Ford Trucks, Monster Energy Drink, Lincoln Electric, Wrangler Jeans, etc., on the arena floor, PBR Entertainer Flint Rasmussen’s “Outside The Barrel” Show, two sessions of mini bulls, live entertainment each day and plenty of shopping at the Fan Zone Western Gift Expo located on the Boot Barn concourse of the Main Arena, among other experiences.
Another major change included is the PBR bull rider meet and greet schedule. In years past, all of the World Finals qualifiers signed autographs on Saturday morning. This year, the Top 40 bull riders will be divided into groups of 10 and, starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, to Saturday, Oct. 24, at 9:30 a.m., these cowboys will spend 90 minutes each morning in the Tyson Fan Zone near the PBR Fan Club booth signing autographs and taking pictures with those in attendance. This offers more opportunities for fans to interact with every bull rider in the Top 40 of the PBR world standings. PBR Fan Club “Toughest” members will have “fast pass” access to secure a spot in the front of each line.
The 2015 PBR World Finals Tyson Fan Zone schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hours of Operation
10:30 a.m.: LIVE Entertainment
2 p.m.: ABBI & Rider Relief Fund Calcutta
2:30 p.m.: LIVE Entertainment
Wednesday – Saturday, Oct. 21-24 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hours of Operation
9:30 a.m.: Rider Autograph Session (90 minutes) featuring:
Wednesday: Guilherme Marchi, Kaique Pacheco, Matt Triplett, Nathan Schaper, J.W. Harris, Chase Outlaw and Ryan Dirteater
Thursday: Silvano Alves, Rubens Barbosa, Renato Nunes, Mike Lee, Cody Nance, Gage Gay, Stormy Wing and Aaron Roy
Friday: J.B. Mauney, Shane Proctor, Cooper Davis, Tanner Byrne, Reese Cates, Eduardo Aparecido and Robson Aragao
Saturday: Joao Ricardo Vieira, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira, Ben Jones, Stetson Lawrence, Mason Lowe and Kasey Hayes
11 a.m.: Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding
Noon: Flint Rasmussen “Outside the Barrel” Show
1:30 p.m.: LIVE Entertainment
3 p.m.: Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding
In addition to the schedule above, daily bucking bull competitions and activities from both ABBI (American Bucking Bull, Inc.) and Exclusive Genetics will take place in the arena opposite of the Tyson Fan Zone. Tickets for all bucking bull events are available for $10 at the South Point Arena box office. The Tyson Fan Zone and Western Gift Expo areas are free and open to the public.
The 2015 ABBI schedule is as follows:
Monday, Oct .19
Noon: Bucking Bull Games – Bull and Rider Round 1
Tuesday, Oct. 20
10 a.m.: ABBI Futurity Round 1
2 p.m.: ABBI’s Rider Relief Fund Calcutta
3 p.m.: Bucking Bull Games and Rider Tournament
4 p.m.: ABBI and Backseat Buckers long round
Wednesday, Oct. 21
9 a.m.: Bucking Bull Games Wildcard
11:30 a.m.: ABBI Yearling competition
2 p.m.: ABBI Cowgirls For A Cure
6 p.m.: ABBI Classic Round 1
Thursday, Oct. 22
9 a.m.: All-in Bulls Buck Preview
10:30 a.m.: ABBI/Backseat Buckers Finals
11:30 a.m.: ABBI Lifetime/Backseat Buckers Derby
2 p.m.: Bucking Bull Games & Rider Tournament (semifinals)
Friday, Oct. 23
10 a.m.: ABBI & Bucking Bull Games 2nd Chance Championship
2 p.m.: Bucking Bull Games Final 2 Championship Tournament
Saturday, Oct. 24
10 a.m.: ABBI & Bucking Bull Games Futurity Finals
1 p.m.: ABBI World Premiere Sale
6 p.m.: ABBI Classic Finals
The PBR’s 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals will make its 22nd stop in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center, Oct. 21-25, to showcase not only the best bull riders in the sport, but also the best bulls. With a $1 million bonus on the line for the season’s prevailing bull rider and a $50,000 check for the season’s best bovine athlete, the competition will be tight, the battles fierce and the non-stop action unprecedented. Tickets are available now and can be ordered at www.unlvtickets.com or by calling 1-866-PBR-SHOW (866-727-7469).
The event begins at 6 p.m. PT each evening, Wednesday, Oct. 21-Saturday, Oct. 24 and at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 25. The Ford Blue Carpet arrival of the contestants starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round of the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals live at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 21-24. The World Finals pre-show will air live from the Thomas & Mack Plaza at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be live at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 25, with its pre-show beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. For more information on the World Finals, please visit www.pbrworldfinals.com.
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