The PBR's (Professional Bull Riders) elite Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), featuring the top 35 bull riders on the globe and rankest bucking bulls ever bred, storms Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the 21st consecutive year.
As one of the sport's marquee events, the Express Ranches Invitational will buck into Chesapeake Energy Arena with back-to-back days of heart pounding action. Round 1 begins at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 31st, and the early-season event concludes with Round 2 and the championship round, starting at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 1. All 35 bull riders will attempt one bull in each Round 1 and 2, on Saturday night the rider's individual two-round scores will be totaled, with the Top 15 advancing to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the $30,000 event title.
The 2019 edition of the annual Sooner State event was dominated by native Oklahoman Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma), who went a perfect 3-for-3 to hoist his first UTB buckle of the 2019 season. The three-ride trip to the top of the Can-Am Cage was highlighted by a 91-point ride aboard Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb) in the championship round. The win padded Dirteater's pocket with $39,361 and added 600 world points to his 2019 world championship efforts.
Past riders to capture the buckle in one of the most popular long-standing stops on the circuit include: Matt Triplett (2015), Sean Willingham (2013), Paulo Lima (2011), Jason Bennett (2001, 2000) and the inaugural event champion Tater Porter (1999).
For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can now purchase PBR Elite Seats and Premium Experiences, which provide a behind-the-chutes look into the toughest sport on dirt.
Premium options include: early entry, tickets to a premium seating section, a catered reception, a pre-event backstage tour by a PBR host that features a PBR 101 presentation and visit with the sport's fiercest bovine athletes, and the opportunity for autographs and photos from the sport's top stars. After the event, ticketholders will also be given premium dirt access, where they can get their complimentary 2020 PBR program, Elite Seat lanyard and other memorabilia autographed by the Top 35 bull riders in the world.
For more information on the upgraded experiences that are offered, fans can contact PBR Direct at 800-732-1727.
The 2020 PBR UTB season consists of 26 stops, bringing the toughest athletes on planet earth to cities such as Chicago, Houston, New York City, Los Angeles and many more. The season culminates with the PBR World Finals at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena November 4-8. In the Entertainment Capital of the World the 2020 PBR World Champion - the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season - will receive the coveted gold World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
PBR is the world's premier bull riding organization. More than 700 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR's international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR's digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company. For more information, visit PBR.com, or follow on Facebook atÂ Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.