Nashville to Host Professional Bull Riders Major
PBR makes long-term plans in the Music City as Bridgestone Arena hosts the final PBR Major of the year August 19th – 20th
PUEBLO, Colo. – The opening act of the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) second half invades Nashville as Bridgestone Arena hosts the Music City Knockout presented by Cooper Tires on Aug. 19-20. This event is one of four majors taking place in the United States this year and signals plans by PBR to grow Nashville’s stature as one of its core destinations. Nashville’s two-day, head-to-head, bracket-style event is the only one of its kind on the 2016 BFTS schedule.
“Each season PBR brings a BFTS Major to only a handful of cities which work hand in hand with us to create a world-class fan experience commensurate to a marquee professional sporting event,” said Sean Gleason, CEO of the PBR. “The City of Nashville has embraced PBR and is enthusiastic in helping us to become a cultural mainstay by providing a broad range of support for PBR, which will only increase the strong economic benefits the tour brings. Following 2016’s major, we’re thrilled to announce ‘the toughest 8 seconds in sports’ will return to Nashville in 2017 and 2018 as well. We also look forward to working with locally based partners like Boot Barn and Jack Daniels to keep a consistent, year-round presence in the Nashville community.”
PBR’s return trips in 2017 and 2018 will also be majors.
The Top 35 bull riders in the world will travel to the Music City as it hosts the fourth and final PBR Major of the year. PBR Majors will offer increased prize money and points and can easily catapult a bull rider up the PBR World Standings. The event itself will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
“Nashville is the perfect destination for PBR fans around the world, and a PBR major is another great reason for fans of Nashville to come back and visit us,” said Butch Spyridon, CEO and President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. “We’re excited that PBR is committed to making Nashville an important hub and can’t-miss destination on its tour.”
Tickets start at $18 in price (additional fees and taxes may apply) and are on sale now at the Bridgestone Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727. The event will feature a free to the public FanFest in coordination with the event, details of which to be announced soon.
New to the ticket options this year are the PBR Elite Seats. Located in an exclusive section of the arena immediately next to the chutes and all of the action, the PBR Elite Seats are priced at $377.50 (additional fees and taxes may apply) each for Saturday only, and will give fans the VIP experience of a lifetime; a pre-event reception with refreshments, backstage tours featuring a PBR 101 presentation, and meet-and-greets with some of the PBR’s top stars. These seats are also on sale now.
During the weekend Tennessee fans will experience non-stop action filled with captivating 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks as they watch 150-pound cowboys risk it all against opponents more than 10 times their size.
Two-time and reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney highlights three World Champions competing with Mike Lee (2004), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014). Tennessee native Cody Nance will represent the home state during the weekend while young guns Derek Kolbaba and Jess Lockwood will ride in Nashville for the first time.
Winners in Nashville include Kaique Pacheco (2015), Chase Outlaw (2014), Guilherme Marchi (2013), Robson Palermo (2012, 2007), Ben Jones (2010), Cody Ford (2009), Justin McBride (2008, 2002), Owen Washburn (2004), Billy Robinson (2003), Dusty LaBeth (2001), Adriano Moraes (2000), Terry Don West (1999, 1998), Jerome Davis (1997), Michael Gaffney (1996).
CBS Sports Network will broadcast both days of the event, Friday night will be at 9:00 p.m. ET while Saturday will be at 10:00 p.m. ET. CBS Sports will feature the final rides of the event on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch each round live on PBR LIVE. PBR LIVE is available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit www.PBR.com/live to view. Fans can also watch all of the action via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.
The Music City Knockout will be the 17th event on the 2016 PBR BFTS schedule. The season will consist of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, Calif., and Dallas. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network 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.