NEW YORK – By Denise M. Abbott PBR – One of the city’s most anticipated events is returning to Madison Square Garden (MSG) in 2015 for the ninth consecutive year. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Monster Energy Buck off at the Garden, part of its elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), rolls into MSG, Friday, Jan. 16 to Sunday, Jan. 18 for three nights of dirt-flying, heart-pounding, bull-stomping action featuring the PBR’s finest athletes going head-to-head 8 seconds at a time.
Atop 750 tons (1.5 million pounds) of dirt packed 8 inches deep across the New York Rangers home ice, the Top 35 bull riders in the world will take on 2,000-pound opponents in an attempt to win thousands in prize money. The BFTS has awarded a total of more than $1.12 million over the years in New York City, so the riders will be hanging tough for their share of this year’s purse and valuable PBR world points which count toward the season’s overall $1 million PBR World Championship title.
In 2014, New Yorkers witnessed the greatness of 2013 PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney, as he not only captured his third event win at MSG (2007, 2009, 2014), but also continued his BFTS consecutive rides streak, tying the record of 15 rides in a row. His win also extended the record for consecutive BFTS wins to five (Grand Rapids, Mich., Fayetteville, N.C., Hollywood, Fla., 2013 PBR World Finals and New York).
Mauney will return to NYC to defend his event title along with five other PBR World Champions: three-time reigning champion Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).
Joining these men will be veterans Sean Willingham, Kasey Hayes, and L.J. Jenkins, alongside fan favorites Chase Outlaw, Gage Gay and 2014’s No. 1 American Matt Triplett.
As just the third of 27 stops on 2015 BFTS, the competition in NYC will be fierce; the men will be rested, healed and ready to put on a show that rivals anything MSG has to offer.
The action begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $20 to $200, can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at (800) 345-3000. Tickets are also available at the MSG Box Office or via phone at 866 858 0008.
In 2015 the Built Ford Tough Series will also stop in Chicago, Anaheim, California, and Dallas on its 18-state tour, culminating with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who has earned the most PBR world points during the 2015 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.