PUEBLO, Colo. – The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) BlueDEF Tour (BDT), presented by Real Time Pain Relief, will wrap up its 2016 25-city tour at South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 29-31 with the BlueDEF Finals.
“South Point has always been an advocate of promoting the growth of bull riding events,” said Ryan Growney, General Manager of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. “This partnership between South Point, PBR and the BlueDEF Tour will help drive the bull riding industry to new heights, and we look forward to being part of PBR’s expansion as the sport offers new opportunities for competitors, fans and its many dedicated industry stakeholders.”
The BDT is the premier expansion tour of the PBR and primary qualifying events for the Built Ford Tough Series. The BlueDEF Finals will feature the Top 35 riders from the BDT standings along with five champion qualifiers from the PBR’s international tours. This event also represents the season’s last opportunity for riders to qualify for the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. The final five positions will be awarded to the winner of the BlueDEF Finals, the second and third-place finishers, the highest finishing international athlete, and the 2016 BlueDEF Tour Champion.
The BDT Finals competition will begin at 7 p.m. each day, Friday, Oct. 29, through Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, $40 for reserved seating, and $100 for a three-day reserved seating package. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. PT at the South Point Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at 800-745-3000. For more information visit www.pbr.com.
Fans will also have the opportunity to enhance their BDT Finals experience by purchasing exclusive PBR Elite Seats. Priced at just $125 each day, PBR Elite Seats will feature the best seats in the house plus a unique pre-show VIP experience. Contact the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 for more information.
All BDT Finals tickets also include daily admission to all of the events taking place inside South Point Arena, including the Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding Finals, Bullfighters Only – American Freestyle Bull Fighting Finals, ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Finals and other activities throughout each day.
Throughout the weekend, South Point Hotel will also be the home of the PBR Fan Experience and Western Gift Expo. This free event is open to the public and will feature interactive displays, rider meet-and-greets, entertainment, shopping and more. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1-5.
“South Point is the perfect partner to host our BlueDEF Finals,” said Dave Cordovano, head of the PBR BlueDEF Tour.“Their continued support has been key in the development of the greatest Western sports week to come to Las Vegas.”
About the PBR BlueDEF Tour
The PBR’s BlueDEF Tour Presented by Real Time Pain Relief (BDT) began in 2014 as the premier expansion tour for the PBR, featuring young, emerging bull riding talent alongside some of the Superstars of the sport.
The BlueDEF Tour brings the excitement and talent of the PBR that fans have come to expect from the leader in the sport of bull riding. The tour is 100 percent produced and operated by the PBR, providing fans the highest quality experience available.
The BlueDEF Tour is proudly supported by Old World Industries BlueDEF and Peak Antifreeze Brands, Real Time Pain Relief, Pendleton Whisky, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, American Legacy Firearms and the U.S. Border Patrol.
About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)
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 atFacebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.
About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; 11 restaurants featuring a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room; the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; Bingo room; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center for friends and family to enjoy; and a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the South Point Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. The 90,000-square-foot professional bowling facility includes 60 lanes with two parallel rows of 30 lanes, a 360-seat viewing area and a 720-unit locker room. In addition, South Point holds one of the finest event facilities in the country with the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and Priefert Pavilion. The 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.
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