The PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour is coming to the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, February 17. Starting at 7 p.m., seasoned and newcomer bull riders will be competing for the night’s prize money, as well as points toward the PBR World Finals.
The 2018 tour, which will showcase bulls and riders facing off in fierce competition, is set to stop in 32 cities across the U.S., with Knoxville being the 13th city on tour.
“Especially with the University [of Tennessee] there, with the southern culture and so forth, we’re really anticipating a great event in Knoxville,” general manager of the Velocity Tour Robert Simpson said.
At this event, the night will start off with the long round, where approximately 40 riders will leave the chute atop a bull, each one hoping to complete the 8 second ride and earn a top score to qualify for that night’s championship round.
“They’re competing for about $20,000 and points towards the World Championship of the PBR,” Simpson said.
After each rider has had his chance in the long round, the top 10 scoring riders will compete in a final round.
“The championship round consists of the best bulls of the area, we put together a bull list of about 10 bulls that are just the baddest [sic], rankest, best bulls that we can find,” he said.
The rider with the highest score of the night wins the event.
“We’ll have a mixture of past world champions, we’ll have a mixture of PBR Veterans and big names, then we’ll also have some of the up and coming guys as well, that are just breaking into PBR,” he said. “Two to three years from now, they’ll be a household name.”
Although the PBR has been to Knoxville before, this is the Velocity Tour’s first event here.
“The last time [the PBR was in Knoxville] would be 2012 or 2013, and that was a Touring Pro show, so it wasn’t quite the same quality of show that people are going to get this year in Knoxville,” Devin Vaughn, PBR’s senior marketing manager, said.
People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the PBR Velocity Tour.
“We still have plenty of tickets available,” Vaughn said.
Tickets range from $15 to $100.
“It is selling fast,” Simpson said.
You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.