PUEBLO, Colo. — Get ready Louisville!
In just 30 days the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) toughest men on dirt will converge on the KFC Yum! Center on Oct. 9-10 for the BlueDEF Finals, the season finale of the BlueDEF Velocity Tour (BDVT), featuring the top up-and-coming bull riders of the PBR and the stars of the elite PBR Built Ford Tough Series. All of the excitement, however, is starting now.
For the next four weeks, PBR BDVT announcer Matt West and barrel man entertainer Matt Merritt will bring Louisville fans the inside scoop each Wednesday morning — Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 – on 94.3 The Wolf (WULF-FM) at 8:45 a.m. ET. In addition to hearing “country that will make you howl,” listeners will learn the latest info about their favorite PBR riders, the bulls, the injuries and the exclusive, behind the scenes details of the PBR as the stars head to Louisville.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, West and Merritt will co-host The Wolf’s morning show with Cale and Trisha, discussing their predictions, previewing the BlueDEF Finals and interviewing PBR stars Neil Holmes, the BDVT’s No. 3 ranked rider, and Matt Triplett, the world’s No. 4 ranked athlete.
From Monday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 10, Louisville will hum with the excitement of the PBR as fans enjoy food and beverage specials at Fourth Street Live!; such community events as parades, go-kart racing and PBR star appearances; and pre- and post-event concerts on the KFC Yum! Center Plaza and Fourth Street Live! stage. Stay tuned to pbr.com for all the details.
On Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, the Top 10 athletes on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), the major leagues of the PBR, will compete in Louisville, taking on the Top 30 of the sport’s up-and-coming stars on the BDVT and the PBR’s international invites from Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The BlueDEF Finals is the last chance to gain the valuable points needed to qualify for the prestigious $2.3 million PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals that will take place in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25. The best of the world’s best will be on the road to Las Vegas and it goes through Louisville.
Joining these stars will be the winners of the PBR BlueDEF Bucking Madness Reality Series search for the next generation of PBR greats. The Top 2 finalists in the search will be riding for their share of the $150,000 BlueDEF Finals total event purse. With $50,000 going to the overall BDVT season champion, and at least $25,000 to the BlueDEF Finals winner, there is lots of money at stake for all the competitors.
Kaique Pacheco, the 2015 BFTS leading rookie, who is also the No. 1 man on the BDVT, will be one of the Top 46 men competing, along with 2013 PBR World Champion and current No. 1 man in the PBR world standings, J.B. Mauney; world No. 2-ranked rider and 2013 PBR Rookie of the YearJoao Ricardo Vieira; three-time and reigning PBR World ChampionSilvano Alves; and PBR fan favorites Holmes, Triplett, Michael Lane and Robson “Spiderman” Aragao.
Prior to 2015, the PBR’s international intvites receive an automatic bid into Rounds 1 and 2 of the PBR World Finals. In 2015, only the top international finisher at the BlueDEF Finals will advance to compete during all five days at the PBR World Finals. The best from PBR Australia, PBR Brazil, PBR Canada and PBR Mexico will be battling for that single spot and bringing their friends and family to Louisville to cheer them on.
The results of the BlueDEF Finals will be life-changing for all of the competitors and Kentucky fans will be able to witness all the action live and in person on Oct. 9-10. The competition begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets, starting at $15, are available now at the KFC Yum! Center Box Office, on Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800 745 3000.
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