By: Heather Croze, pbrnow.com
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – In less than two weeks, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will return to the Broadmoor World Arena for the Built Ford Tough Rumble in the Rockies on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. This year’s event will include the newly added Gazette PBR Fan Zone – three-days of non-stop music and activities free to All Southern Colorado PBR Fans.
Joining the previously announced musical line-up of Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses, Kory Brunson Band and the Cowboy Dave Band will be Colorado’s hottest variety band, Tejano Heat. Tejano Heat will entertain Broadmoor World Arena patrons with a powerful Tejano sound, some Conjunto and a mix of country and old-school styles. The Southern Colorado-based band will take to the stage at noon on Sunday, May 3rd just prior to final night of the PBR Rumble in the Rockies.
The Gazette PBR Fan Zone opens Friday night, May 1 at 5 p.m. with KCCY’s official kickoff party that includes the Support the Sport 5K benefitting the PBR’s Rider Relief Fund, and two concerts – Kory Brunson and Chase Rice – on the Cooper Tires main stage. Rice, a country music singer and songwriter has just released his third album,Ignite the Night and has seen his lead single “Ready Set Roll” go platinum.
Bull rider meet & greets, mechanical bull riding, live bulls and a concert by A Thousand Horse will fill Saturday with fun and excitement. A Thousand Horses will bring their mixture of southern-style rock to the Cooper Tires Stage. The foursome’s breakout hit “Smoke” has already been downloaded more than 114,000 times.
The Gazette PBR Fan Zone will be three days of non-stop entertainment wrapped around the “toughest sport on dirt” as the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete at Broadmoor World Arena.
Below is the Gazette’s PBR Fan Zone Schedule:
Friday, May 1 – KCCY 96.9FM Rumble in the Rockies Kick Off Party
5 pm – Fan Zone Opens
5:30 pm – Rider Relief Fund Support the Sport 5k – Race Registrations opens
6 pm – Kory Brunson Band
7 pm – Rider Relief Fund Support the Sport 5k
8 pm – Rider Relief Fund Support the Sport 5k awards presentation
8:30 pm – Chase Rice – acoustic performance
Saturday, May 2
11 am – Fan Zone Opens
12 pm – Flint Rasmussen & PBR Bull Fighters autograph signing
1 pm – Cowboy Dave Band
3 pm – Kory Brunson Band
4 pm – 15/15 Bucking Battle Match Up announcements & autograph signing with the Top 15 Bull Riders in the World.
4:30 pm – A Thousand Horses – acoustic performance
Sunday, May 3
10 am – Fan Zone Opens
10 am – Riding High Ministries – Cowboy Church
12 pm – Tejano Heat Band
***Schedule subject to change.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, the PBR’s Rumble in the Rockies showcases the world’s top bull riding athletes at Broadmoor World Arena, taking on the sport’s rankest bulls for their share of the $140,000 total purse and valuable points towards the 2014 PBR world standings. Round 1 takes place Saturday night at 7 p.m. while Sunday’sRound 2 and Built Ford Tough Championship Round take place on Sunday at 1:50 p.m.
In a special round of competition on Saturday following Round 1, the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle will take place, pitting the Top 15 bull riders in the world randomly matched against the Top 15 bulls in competition. With a total of $21,000 on the line and bonus points towards the PBR world standings on the line, the bull riders will be hanging on for dear life for every second.
The 15/15 Bucking Battle will air on CBS Television Network on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
Round 2 and the championship round of the PBR Rumble in the Rockies will air live on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch every round of competition on PBR LIVE streamed in real time at www.pbr.com/live.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR – 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 premier bull riding organization in the world 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 Velocity Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $140 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-seven men have earned more than $1 million, including three-time World Champion Silvano Alves who, in just 54 months, won more than $5.2 million to become the richest bull rider 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…