Professional Bull Riders, which bills itself as the “world’s premier bull riding organization” announced Aug. 22 that it would hold the PBR Global Cup – the world’s only nation vs. nation international bull riding competition – at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Feb. 9 and 10, 2019, as the WinStar World Casino and Resort 2019 Global Cup USA.
The five-nation tournament among the world’s best bull riders and rankest bulls debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in November 2017, followed by Sydney, Australia in June 2018. Arlington is the third stop.
The tournament features top athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States, the Dallas Cowboys said in a news release.
The $750,000 purse in Arlington makes the PBR Global Cup the sport’s second highest-paying event next to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
In Arlington, the PBR Global Cup will debut a new competitive element for the international competition. The home team, which has received an advantage by fielding more riders whose qualified ride scores contributed to the overall team aggregate, will now be split into two teams of seven bull riders.
For the U.S. stop, the host country will add a team comprised exclusively of Native American riders, called the Wolves, competing alongside the other American team, the Eagles.
PBR has competed in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, since 2010, including the league’s largest single-day event, the WinStar World Casino and Resort Iron Cowboy, powered by Kawasaki, which drew more than 46,000 fans in February of 2018.
“PBR has been a great partner for AT&T Stadium since we opened in 2009 sharing our vision for innovation and entertainment,” Stephen Jones, COO/EVP, Dallas Cowboys, said in the news release. “We’re beyond thrilled that a new and exciting format for a truly international bull riding competition will be available for our fans to mark the 10th anniversary of our incredible relationship.”
CBS Sports will broadcast a one-hour show from the two-day Global Cup USA, which will also be brought to fans on RidePass, the PBR’s western sports digital network.
Tickets for the WinStar World Casino and Resort Global Cup USA start at just $10 and went on sale at 10 a.m. August 23.
Tickets are available at SeatGeek.com, PBR.com, or by calling PBRDirect at (800) 732-1727.
– FWBP Staff