As the opening stop of the 2017 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) season, New York City will kick off a fierce 26-stop tour at the World’s Most Famous Arena with the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden on January 6-8.
The three-day event is the first of four PBR Majors in 2017 offering increased prize money and bonus points to the riders, as well as a unique format for increased entertainment for the fans. Tickets are on sale now for this much-anticipated event.
The action begins on Friday, January 6 at 8 p.m., 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 and 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, January 8 at 1:50 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $207 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the MSG Box Office or via phone at 866-858-0088.
For the second year in a row PBR Elite Seats will be available for those wanting a true VIP experience. Located in an exclusive section of the arena immediately next to the chutes and all the action, the PBR Elite Seats are priced at $505 each 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-greet with top PBR stars. These seats are also available now.
The Top-35 bull riders in the world will take on their 2,000-pound bovine opponents atop 8 inches of dirt covering the ice for the New York Rangers in an attempt to win their share of the $140,000 event purse. The BFTS has awarded more than $1.2 million in New York City in the last decade, as well as valuable PBR world standings points that count toward the season’s overall $1 million PBR World Championship title.
Two-time PBR World Champion and Monster Energy bull rider J.B. Mauney along with fellow Monster Energy riders, Gage Gay, Robson Palermo, Chase Outlaw and Reese Cates will be back in the City That Never Sleeps in the hopes of being crowned the event champion.
The 2017 Built Ford Tough Series will also have stops in Chicago, Anaheim, Calif. and Dallas on its 18-state tour, culminating with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas when the 2017 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who has earned the most PBR world points during the 2017 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.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 40 nations and territories around the world, and more than 3 million fans attend live events each year. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-eight men have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who, with his 2015 PBR World Championship, became bull riding’s first $6 million man and the richest athlete in Western sports history at $6.7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, the global leader in sports, entertainment, media and fashion. 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.