PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour Returns to Maritimes with Two Events in 2019
By: Kacie Albert Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 8:25 AM
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – After making its inaugural stops in the Canadian Maritimes in 2018, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s premier Monster Energy Tour will return to Moncton, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2019, making back-to-back stops in the cities on May 25 and June 1, respectively.
The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s best riders alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.
Notably, the 2019 Monster Energy Tour will feature the most events in the series’ four-year history. After holding five events in 2017, the tour expanded to nine stops this season, with 11 on the docket for 2019.
Welcoming a sold-out crowd for the first-ever PBR event in the city and province in 2018, the Monster Energy Tour will travel to Moncton’s new Avenir Centre for the Moncton Classic on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. AT.
This season, young gun Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta) went 2-for-3 to capture the inaugural event win in Moncton. The victory earned West crucial points towards both the national standings, propelling him from No. 6 to No. 3, and world rankings, elevating him from No. 47 to No. 33, helping him return to the PBR’s premier tour in the United States.
The following weekend, the Monster Energy Tour will buck into Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre with the Halifax Toughest Cowboy on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. AT.
Riding to his second consecutive event win on Canada’s elite tour, Edmonton resident Marcos Gloria (Central de Minas, Brazil) won the 2018 Monster Energy Tour stop in Halifax via an 86.5-point trip on Ulterra’s Night Vision (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls). West, who finished second, was the stop’s top finishing Canadian, followed closely by reigning PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta) who was fourth.
At the Moncton event, all riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. The Top 10 will then advance to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.
For the Halifax Toughest Cowboy, all riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1 and Round 2 to begin the Saturday night event. The Top 10 will then advance to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.
At both events, in addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also have the opportunity to earn world points in an effort to earn a berth onto the elite PBR: Unleash The Beast. As part of the Monster Energy Tour, riders have the opportunity to earn increased world points, with the event winner netting 120 world points.
Tickets for the one-day events go on sale Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. AT. They range in price from $25 to $80, standard fees apply.
For the Moncton stop, tickets can be purchased at the Avenir Centre box office, online at Ticketmaster.ca, and by phone at (855) 985-5000.
For the Halifax event, tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Atlantic box office and Atlantic Superstore ticket outlets, online at ticketatlantic.com, and by phone at (902) 451-1221 or (877) 451-1221.
The 2019 slate of events marks the fourth season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series traveling across the country. The Moncton and Halifax stops will be the sixth and seventh events on the 2019 Monster Energy Tour schedule, following the season opener on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and subsequent stops in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta, Québec, Québec and London, Ontario.