By: Heather Croze
November 20, 2017
During the 20 events in the first half of the 2018 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) expansion series, emerging bull-riding talent alongside superstars of the sport will compete in 15 states across the country and visit six new cities. Fans attending the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) events will be treated to electrifying, dirt-flinging action as the athletes take on some of the rankest bulls in an attempt to climb the ranks and qualify for the 2018 PBR World Championship.
The 2018 tour opens in Oakland, California’s Oracle Arena in early January where fans can cheer on RVT standout talent like Skeeter Kingsolver, Alex Marcilio, Cody Campbell and many more. The tour will visit 32 markets throughout the season, returning to fan-favorite cities like Bangor, Grand Rapids and Youngstown, which saw sold out crowds in 2016 and 2017. New stops to the first half of the tour include North Charleston, Lexington, Greenville, Knoxville, Casper and Springfield.
The fastest-growing tour within the PBR is an integral part of the sport in allowing new talent to gain experience on world-class bulls, building their fan base at major venues and events. Some of the top riders in the PBR’s premier series who earned their stripes within the RVT include 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood, 21 year-old Derek Kolbaba, 2017 Last Cowboy Standing Kaique Pacheco, 2017 Rookie of the Year and 2017 PBR World Finals Champion Jose Vitor Leme and many more.
All riders on the expansion series are on a mission to ride in the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas which takes place every November. The 2018 RVT season will culminate with the Real Time Pain Relief Finals at South Point Arena in Las Vegas Nov. 3-4, where the winner, the second and third place finishers, the 2018 RVT Champion, and the top International qualifier will each compete at the World Finals Nov. 7-11 at T-Mobile Arena.
|Jan 6||Oakland, CA||Oracle Arena|
|Jan 8-10||Denver, CO||National Western Stock Show|
|Jan 13||Portland, OR||Moda Center|
|Jan 20||North Charleston, SC||North Charleston Coliseum|
|Jan 27||Lexington, KY||Rupp Arena|
|Feb 3||Grand Rapids, MI||Van Andel Arena|
|Feb 9-10||Youngstown, OH||Covelli Center|
|Feb 10||Greenville, SC||Bon Secours Wellness Arena|
|Feb 17||Knoxville, TN||Thompson-Boling Arena|
|Feb 24||Worcester, MA||DCU Center|
|Mar 3||Hampton, VA||Hampton Coliseum|
|Mar 10||Dayton, OH||Nutter Center|
|Mar 16-17||Wheeling, WV||Wesbanco Arena|
|Mar 17||Fresno, CA||Save Mart Center|
|Mar 24-25||Bangor, ME||Cross Insurance Center|
|Apr 7||Casper, WY||Casper Events Center|
|Apr 13-14||Roanoke, VA||Berglund Center|
|Apr 21||Des Moines, IA||Wells Fargo Arena|
|Apr 28||Wichita, KS||INTRUST Bank Arena|
|May 4-5||Springfield, MA||Mass Mutual Center|
About the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT)
The PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) began in 2014 as the premier expansion tour for the PBR. The RVT brings the excitement and talent of the PBR that fans have come to expect from the leader in the sport of bull riding to cities across the U.S. The tour is 100% produced and operated by PBR, providing fans the highest quality experience available. The RVT is proudly supported by Real Time Pain Relief, Pendleton Whisky, Matador Jerky, Tickets For Less, the U.S. Border Patrol and the South Point Hotel and Casino.
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