COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After nearly a decade, the Professional Bull Riders elite Built Ford Tough Series returns to Colorado Springs’ World Arena with the Built Ford Tough Series Rumble in the Rockies, May 2-4.
For three days, the world’s Top 35 bull riders and the rankest bucking bulls in the business will face off during thrilling 8-second battles where only the best athlete will be left standing. The 150-pound man vs. 2,000-pound bull matchups will leave fans on the edge of their seats, witnessing the most intense competition World Arena has ever seen.
The Rumble in the Rockies begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale this Friday, Jan. 17, at the World Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
This will mark the sixth time that the PBR has stopped at World Arena, which previously showcased the toughest sport on dirt from 2001-2005 and produced one of the most historic moments in PBR’s history.
In 2003, World Arena was the site of arguably the most famous ride in the sport when two-time World Champion Chris Shivers faced three-time PBR World Champion bull Little Yellow Jacket for $1 million. A sold-out, standing room only crowd rose to its feet to watch PBR history in the making. While Shivers didn’t collect the largest single-ride payout in Western sports history, his attempt at World Arena will not soon be forgotten. There has never been a bounty as large ever since.
Colorado Springs also has seen some of the sports’ greatest athletes claim the event’s title. Three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes won the PBR Colorado Springs event four out of its five years (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005); two-time PBR World Champion and the richest Western sports athlete in history Justin McBride tied with Moraes in 2001; and Wiley Petersen won in 2003.
Reigning World Champion and No. 2 rider on the all-time money list J.B. Mauney will compete in the Springs this year alongside five other World Champions: Silvano Alves (2011, 2012), Renato Nunes (2010), Longmont, Colo.’s Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).
Young guns Chase Outlaw, Douglas Duncan, Ryan Dirteater and former Longmont resident Jory Markiss will join the champions, as well as fan favorites L.J.Jenkins, Sean Willingham, Austin Meier and many talented up-and-comers.
World Arena is the 17th stop of 27 on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season kicked off Jan. 3-5 at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden in New York. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26, when the 2014 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who amasses the most points during the 2014 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $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.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The world’s premier bull riding organization, the PBR, turns 21 in 2014. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon with PBR broadcasts reaching more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories around the world, and more than 2.5 million fans attending live events each year. PBR has paid out more than $130 million in earnings to its athletes, and 25 riders have earned more than $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million ― the most of any western sports athlete in history. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.