PBR SERIES VISITS RALEIGH FOR FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS Professional Bull Riders set to compete at PNC Arena October 14 and 15

(RALEIGH, NC) – The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) heads east to Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017 to compete in the Frontier Communications Invitational presented by Cooper Tires at PNC Arena. This will be the first time the PBR has competed in Raleigh since Ednei Caminhas won the event in 2002.


Tickets go on sale on Thursday, July 20 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the PNC Arena Box Office.


For two nights, the Top-35 bull riders in the world will face off with the sport’s rankest bulls for their share of the $140,000 total purse. 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis will be one of four world champions competing, along with two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004). Mauney Gage Gay and Shane Proctor will represent their home state.


CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round Two and the Built Ford Tough championship round on Sunday, October 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all of the action via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes. PBR LIVE is available at no charge to all fans and media.


With only two events left before the 2017 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, the Frontier Communications Invitational will be an event in which points will be crucial as each bull rider fights to solidify their spot in the PBR world standings.


PBR Elite Seats are available for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s premier bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including early entry; a catered reception; 60-minute backstage tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and a visit with the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars.

After the event, PBR Elite Seat holders also will be given premium dirt access, where they can get their complimentary 8 Seconds PBR program, Elite Seat lanyard and other memorabilia autographed by the Top 35 bull riders in the world.

The PBR Elite Seats are available on Saturday night for $500 and can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department.


The Frontier Communications Invitational presented by Cooper Tires will be the 25th event on the 2017 PBR BFTS schedule. The season consists of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California and Dallas. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 1-5, when the 2017 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.


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