PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour Expands Calgary Stop Set for March 22-23, 2019
By: Kacie Albert Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 10:24 AM
CALGARY, Alberta – After making history inside the Nutrien Western Events Centre in 2018, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada will expand its 2019 Monster Energy Tour event in Calgary, Alberta, to a two-day stop, set for March 22-23, 2019.
The Calgary Classic will be one of three two-day events that are part of the 2019 Canadian Monster Energy Tour season. The other multi-day events are Lethbridge, Alberta on March 1-2, and the 2019 PBR Canada Finals on Nov. 22-23 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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.
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.
In 2018, PBR Canada’s Monster Energy Tour became the first ticketed event in venue history to sell out. The capacity crowd watched as young-gun, and home province favorite, Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) went a perfect 2-for-2 to capture his first event win on the nation’s premier tour.
The victory at the season-launch event propelled Radford to the top of the national standings, then leading reigning Canadian Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta) by more than 500 points.
Both Radford, and Lambert, who finished third, are expected to return to Calgary in 2019, alongside fellow Canadian standouts Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta), Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) and Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta).
The bull riding action begins at 7:30 p.m. MT on both Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at the Nutrien Western Events Centre. All riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1 on Friday, and Round 2 on Saturday. The Top 10 will then advance to the Championship Round on Saturday for one more out and a chance at the event title. 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 two-day, Calgary Classic go on sale Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. MT. They range in price from $25 to $80, standard fees apply, and can be purchased at the Calgary Stampede box office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 800-661-1767.
The 2019 slate of events marks the fourth season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series traveling across the country. The Calgary stop will be the third event on the 2019 Monster Energy Tour schedule, following the season opener on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and a subsequent stop in Lethbridge, Alberta.