PBR Takes Over Sprint Center March 23-24
Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2018) – Kansas City is excited to host the toughest bull riders and fiercest bulls of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for the 17th consecutive year on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 at Sprint Center for the PBR Unleash The Beast series.
For two nights fans will witness the intense matchups between man and beast, where 8-seconds can mean victory or defeat to each opponent. Thrilling, high-flying rides and jaw-dropping wrecks will leave you amazed as the PBR’s bravest riders risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds – more than 10 times the riders’ weight. The bull riding action will begin at 6:45 p.m. CT on Saturday and at 1:45 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Each of the Top 35 bull riders competing will get on one bull in Rounds 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday. After Round 2 on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the championship round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.
Last season, Guilherme Marchi earned his fourth victory in the City of Fountains. He used a perfect 3-for-3 performance to seal his first victory of the season. The winningest rider in Kansas City soared to 7th in the PBR world standings with the win.
Over the years, 14 athletes have captured the event title in Kansas City. They include: 2018 – Guilherme Marchi; 2017 - Eduardo Aparecido; 2016 - Eduardo Aparecido; 2015 - J.W. Harris; 2014 - Emilio Resende; 2013 - Marco Eguchi; 2012 - L.J. Jenkins; 2011 - Caleb Sanderson; 2010 - Austin Meier; 2009 - Guilherme Marchi; 2008 - Guilherme Marchi; 2007 - Justin McBride; 2006 – Mike Lee; 2005 - Guilherme Marchi; 2004 - Dave Samsel; 1997 - Troy Dunn; 1996 - Owen Washburn/Tuff Hedeman.
In 2019, reigning World Champion Kaique Pacheco will bucking into Kansas City. Pacheco will be riding alongside former world champions, Jess Lockwood (2017), Cooper Davis (2016), Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014) and J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015).
The Kansas City Invitational will be the 11th event on the 2019 PBR Unleash The Beast schedule. The season will consist of 28 stops. It will culminate with the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas when the 2019 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.
Tickets for PBR in Kansas City go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at SprintCenter.com, Price Chopper Box Office at Sprint Center or by phone at 888.929.7849.