PBR, WCRA combine for Green Bay Western Sports Bonanza
AUSTIN, TEXAS and PUEBLO, COLO. — For the first time in the city of Green Bay, an unforgettable weekend of western sports action will combine the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) in three days of on-the-dirt action.
PBR’s elite series will debut at Resch Center for two days of epic rides and wrecks. Sandwiched between the PBR event, WCRA, a new marquee rodeo, will bring its own brand of western sports excitement to the popular bull-riding event. The WCRA Titletown Stampede – a One-Day $1 Million Major Rodeo – will be WCRA’s second major of 2019.
“Following a great weekend in Chicago in January for the first million-dollar WCRA rodeo of the 2019 season, we’re thrilled to again pair WCRA with PBR for an exciting weekend of western sports,” said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. “In representing WCRA’s media rights we are thrilled to bring this marquee rodeo to network television on CBS Sports.”
The top 35 bull riders in the world will take to the dirt for Round 1 on Friday, May 31 and then for Round 2 on Sunday, June 2. Each rider will face one bull each. Following Round 2 Sunday afternoon, the event’s Top 15 riders with the highest two-round cumulative scores will advance to the championship round for one more bull and a chance at the event title.
The Titletown Stampede will feature athletes from around the globe who have qualified to compete through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ), a web-based app used to track rodeo athletes performances worldwide. The WCRA major rodeo events series will award top money to the top competitor in eight events — bareback riding, women’s breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding — each athlete competing for their piece of the $1 million purse. Athletes in each discipline — including both headers and heelers in the team-roping event — will compete for more than $111,000, with the champions walking away with $50,000 each.
“We are truly excited about the opportunity to bring rodeo to another major U.S. market east of the Mississippi and network television,” said WCRA President, Bobby Mote. “Our partnership with PBR continues to expose the sport of rodeo to new demographics and will broaden the horizon of professional rodeo, which is exactly what we set out to do.”
On Sunday, June 2 fans will be able to tune into the Titletown Stampede Showdown Round on a CBS network broadcast at 1:30-2:30 P.M. ET
“WCRA’s media rights relationship with PBR is crucial to our mission to broaden exposure for rodeo through network television,” said Mote. “We are now one of only three rodeos in North America (Calgary Stampede and Days of ‘47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo) to reach every American household through broadcast media coverage.”
In early 2018, PBR and WCRA announced a collaboration to jointly produce, market, and promote rodeo events in an effort to expand television and digital coverage of the sport, build the profiles of the world’s best rodeo athletes, and grow the sport’s fan base. All WCRA events will be broadcast live on RidePass, the definitive source on western sports and lifestyle, which delivers fans the most entertaining, authentic, and accessible western sports experience in the world.
Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $3,024,000 in new money to rodeo athletes.
Qualifying for events will be based purely on performance and on series points, rather than dollars won, through a new world-ranking points system.
The PBR action in Green Bay starts at 7:45 p.m. CT on Friday, May 31 airing live on RidePass and concludes on Sunday, June 2 with a Live telecast on CBS Sports Network
at 2:45 p.m. CT. Tickets sales for the two-day PBR event, as well as the Titletown Stampede on Saturday, June 1 starting at 7 p.m., will be announced sometime next month and start at $10. All tickets for the event can be purchased at Resch Arena Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or going online at Ticketmaster.com. Combination tickets for the WCRA and PBR events will be available through PBR Rewards as well.
This year both Premium and Elite Seats will be available for those fans wanting to be up close and personal with all the action on Friday and Saturday night. Elite Seats can be purchased for $350 and are available on Friday and Sundayonly while premium experience will be available all three nights.
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