NILE hosts Stanley Performance in Action Invitational in Billings, April 15-17
April 1, 2016
The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) will enjoy its 21st consecutive year in Magic City in 2016, as the Rimrock Auto Arena hosts the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational presented by Cooper Tires on April 15-17, 2016.
The Top 35 PBR bull riders in the world will once again invade Billings, Montana, the most-visited regular season stop on the BFTS, to go up against the rankest bulls in the nation, as the stars of the PBR vie for their piece of the $140,000 payout.
The toughest men on dirt will face opponents 10 times their size through three days of action-packed 8-second rides and nerve-wracking wrecks. This stop in Billings is the only chance for Montana fans to witness these fearless cowboys taking on the most challenging bulls in the business, as the BFTS only makes one stop in Big Sky country during the 2016 season.
Tickets for the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational presented by Cooper Tires are on sale and start at $20. They can be purchased at the MetraPark Arena Box Office, all MetraPark outlets, online at metrapark.com or by phone at 406-256-2400.
For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can purchase the PBR Elite Seats. Located in an exclusive section of the arena near all of the action, the PBR Elite Seats are priced at $250 each and will give fans the VIP experience of a lifetime, including a pre-event catered reception, backstage tours featuring a PBR 101 presentation, and meet-and-greets with the PBR's top stars. Contact the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 for more information.
In 2015, onlookers watched up-and-coming North Dakota native Nathan Schaper post the second victory of his BFTS career, going 4-for-4 on the weekend as the PBR celebrated its 20th anniversary in Billings by welcoming more than 20,000 fans to Rimrock Auto Arena over the three-day event.
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Schaper is scheduled to defend his title, competing alongside Montana natives Matt Triplett and Nevada Newman, two-time reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015), three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014), 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi and 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee.
The riders will face one bull each in Rounds 1-3. Immediately following Round 3 on Sunday, the riders' individual scores will be totaled and the Top 15 will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.
Following Round 2 on Saturday, the sport's top bovine athletes and best bull riders will compete in a special round of competition, the PBR's second 15/15 Bucking Battle of the season. The series' Top 15 riders will be randomly matched against the 15 highest-ranked bulls in this round, competing for bonus points which count towards the PBR world standings and a total purse of $21,000.
CBS will broadcast all 15/15 Bucking Battle action on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. ET.
Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational presented by Cooper Tires will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. ET.
PBR LIVE will stream the entire event in real time with Round 1 on Friday at 10 p.m. ET; Round 2 on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET; and Round 3 and the championship round on Sunday at 3:50 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit http://www.PBR.com/live to view. Fans can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.
Bullfighters Only (BFO) and the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) have joined forces to feature the most-talented freestyle bullfighters in the world during BFO competitions at stops along the PBR's 2016 Built Ford Tough Series – Billings included. Bullfighters will take to the arena during intermission on Friday at Rimrock Auto Arena, to showcase their fast-paced sport, which is based on the fundamental skills required to protect bull riders.
Billings is the 14th stop on the 2016 BFTS schedule. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 at Las Vegas's new T-Mobile Arena when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2016 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR and networks around the world. Television ratings for PBR on CBS are up more than 35 percent this season compared to last year at this time, according to Nielsen. 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.