NYCB LIVE, home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to host the world’s best bull riders
Following the most successful season in its history, and a fast start to 2017, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will bring its Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) back to Long Island after a 12-year hiatus. NYCB LIVE, home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will play host to Buck Off the Island, presented by Cooper Tires, on Sept. 23 & 24.
Buck Off the Island will mark the first time “America’s original extreme sport” will appear at the Coliseum since 2005. The venue will welcome the world’s top bull riders and bovine athletes after an extensive renovation that made the Long Island arena a must-visit destination for world-class sporting events.
“With its tough-as-nails cowboys squaring off against fearsome bulls ten times their size in epic 8-second bursts of mayhem all night long, the PBR is one of the fastest-growing sports,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason said. “PBR fans in the Northeast have been asking for a fall event, and we’re thrilled to return to Long Island and this great building to entertain the passionate fans here like only the PBR can.”
The PBR will buck into Long Island for a two-day event that will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 and 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Tickets for the Buck Off the Island event go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. and start at $20. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum’s Box Office presented by Ticketmaster starting Saturday, May 20 at noon (if tickets are still available).
Reigning PBR World Champion, Cooper Davis, will be competing in New York for just the second time in his career. Davis will be one of four world champions competing, riding alongside two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015); Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014); Guilherme Marchi (2008); and Mike Lee (2004). Jess Lockwood, the 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year and winner of this year’s Buck Off at the Garden event opening the 2017 season, will look to continue his winning ways in the Empire State.
In 2005 when the PBR visited Long Island, 2009 PBR World Champion Kody Lostroh proved to be the top cowboy and took home valuable world standings points.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the championship round on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 6 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 PBR.com 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 PBR Elite Seats will be made available for the second year, and are 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 for $500 and can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Buck Off The Island will be the 22nd event on the 2017 PBR BFTS schedule. The season consists of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and Anaheim, California. 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.
ABOUT THE PBR (PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS)
The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 24 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised PBR BFTS, the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT), the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $170 million in earnings to its athletes. Thirty bull riders have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who has become the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, a global leader in entertainment, sports 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.
ABOUT BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank, and manages and controls the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and its Development League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by Tanduay.
NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 16,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.
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