The Regular Season Comes to a Close in Tucson

By: Mandi McCary
October 19, 2016

J.B. Mauney will be looking to defend his 2015 Tucson win and close in on No. 1 in the world standings. Photo: Andy Watson /

J.B. Mauney will be looking to defend his 2015 Tucson win and close in on No. 1 in the world standings. Photo: Andy Watson /

TUCSON, Ariz. – The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) 2016 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) will roll into the Tucson Convention Center, for the Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23.

With a mere 520 points separating the Top 3 bull riders in the world, Tucson is the final regular-season event of the 2016 BFTS tour before the PBR Built Ford Tough Finals in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena (Nov. 2-6). The close points race makes this event crucial in the fight to become the 2016 PBR World Champion.

The two-day event will feature intense competition among the world’s most talented bull riders, including two-time and reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (currently No. 3 in the world), the world’s No. 1 bull riderCooper Davis, No. 2 Kaique Pacheco, three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011-12, 2014), 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi and 2004 World Champion Mike Lee.

Tucson also will see the best group of young guns ever to hit PBR,  including 19-year-old phenom Jess Lockwood, as well as Derek Kolbaba, and Nevada Newman all chasing Davis.  Eight of the last 12 PBR Built Ford Tough Series events have been won by riders 23 years old or younger.

The riders will risk everything as they take on their bovine opponents in an effort to claim more than $30,000 in event winnings and valuable points needed for the world standings. The bovine athletes also are competing for the chance to be one of seven bulls with the top aggregate bull scores from the season to automatically advance to World Finals in Las Vegas as a World Champion Bull contender and the chance to win $50,000.

Ticket prices for the two-day event range from $15 to $102. Tickets can be purchased at the Tucson Convention Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, and via phone at (800) 745-3000.  The Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride event will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can purchase PBR Elite Seats, which provide a behind-the-scenes look into the toughest sport on dirt. This experience includes early entry; tickets to a premium seating section; a catered reception; a 60-minute, backstage tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and visit with the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from the top PBR stars. After the event, PBR Elite Seat ticketholders will be given premium dirt access, a complimentary 8 Seconds PBR program, Elite Seat lanyard and other memorabilia autographed by the world’s Top 35 bull riders.

The PBR Elite Seats are available for $250 and only can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727.

The Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride event is the final stop on the 2016 PBR BFTS tour before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 at T-Mobile Arena. After five days of competition, the bull rider who has earned the most PBR world standings points during the 2016 season will be crowned the 2016 PBR World Champion. The winner will receive the coveted $10,000 World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR – and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

Fans also can watch each round in real time on PBR LIVE available at no charge. Fans also can watch the action via the PBR LIVE app, available for download on Google Play and iTunes.

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