By: Easton Colvin
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the first time in league history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders), the world’s top bull riders and best bovine athletes, are bucking into Aggieland. The Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will bring the 2021 Aggieland Classic to Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The first Western sports event in Reed Arena in over a decade – and first ticketed non-university indoor event since the on-set of COVID-19 – features back-to-back nights of man vs. beast action at the Home of the 12th Man. Forty-five bull riders representing six nations and three continents will converge on Bryan-College Station to match up with some of the rankest bulls to ever buck during the two days of world-class bull riding that will impact the PBR title chase. Round 1 begins Friday, April 9 at 7:45 p.m. CT, with Round 2 and the championship round starting Saturday, April 10 at 6:45 p.m. CT.
All-important points toward the PBR World Championship, buckle and $1 million bonus are up for grabs as riders seek to reach the 8-second whistle before hitting the dirt. The highest aggregate score over the three rounds of white-knuckle action will be the event champion, taking home bragging rights, the first Aggieland Classic championship buckle and thousands of dollars.
Tickets for the three-round event will be available at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, March 10. Tickets start at $19 and are available for purchase online at PBRTIX.com, ReedArena.com, or by calling 800-732-1727. In conjunction with PBR’s industry-leading protocols to ensure fan, competitor and staff safety, tickets will be sold in PODs, minimizing fan crossover and interaction between fan groups. PODs are available from 2-8 seats.
As a part of PBR’s leading protocols that have allowed fans to return to venues safely and responsibly since July of 2020, precautions are being taken to fight the spread of COVID-19, such as:
• All PBR personnel will undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of the event.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-informed screenings for staff and competitors each day, and PBR personnel mask requirements.
• PBR’s pioneering POD seating, selling tickets in small groups, to minimize fan crossover and interaction.
• Social distancing will be encouraged at concessions and merchandise stands, restrooms and other high traffic areas.
• Arena equipment and other high traffic areas will be disinfected throughout the event and each night.
Throughout the 2021 season, PBR will continue to commit to providing a safe environment for fans, athletes, employees and crew by working with its venue partners to implement the industry-leading protocols for live events while also following health guidance from local and state officials.
For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can now purchase PBR Elite Experiences, which provide a behind-the-chutes look into the toughest sport on dirt.
The 2021 PWVT season is scheduled to culminate at the 2021 PWVT Finals in Las Vegas. While in the Entertainment Capital of the World, the 2021 PWVT champion will don the cherished gold buckle and receive an automatic bid to the 2021 PBR World Finals. Former PWVT champions include some of the top riders on Earth today, such as Chase Outlaw (2016), Jose Vitor Leme (2019) and most recently Mason Taylor (2020).
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