Many believe the rides at the PBR World Finals represent the most exciting eight seconds in sport (the riders hope it’s eight seconds - the bovine competitors prefer a shorter time frame).
When the Professional Bull Riders stage their World Finals this week, the world’s best bull riders matched against top-rated bucking stock will provide plenty of excitement out of the Dickies Arena chutes. It’s the first time Fort Worth has hosted the PBR World Finals and they’ve also planned a plethora of related events in the city to keep your adrenaline flowing.
The headlining bull riding begins Friday, May 13, with opening rounds also staged Saturday and Sunday, as well as Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21. On Sunday, May 22, the event will come to a climactic end with Round 7 and the championship round.
Single-day tickets begin at $42 plus fees and taxes. Fans can buy them online at ticketmaster.com or PBR.com. They’re also available at the Dickies Arena Box Office or by phone through PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727. Seven-day packages are also available, as are PBR Premium Experiences that include a behind-the-scenes tour or a bull housing tour.
The winning rider, as measured by total points accumulated throughout the season, receives a gold buckle and a million-dollar bonus. New Yorker Daylon Swearingen’s qualified ride this weekend at the expansion series Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals in Corpus Christi earned him enough points to make him the number-one-ranked rider heading into the World Finals. His lead over Brazilian Joao Ricardo Vieira stands at a minuscule 8.99 points and multiple riders sit within striking distance.
It’s not just the cowboys who have titles at stake. Defending World Champion bull Woopaa and Ridin Solo come to Fort Worth tied for the No. 1 ranking in the race to become the 2022 YETI PBR World Champion Bull.
Related Rodeo Events
The 40 bull riders competing at Dickies Arena won’t be the only western sports athletes in action in Cowtown during the 10-day finals period.
Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Named after the early-twentieth-century African American cowboy who pioneered the sport of steer wrestling, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo happens at Cowtown Coliseum Friday, May 13 (one performance) and Saturday, May 14 (afternoon and evening shows). The event celebrates the legacy of Black cowboys and cowgirls while providing modern-day Black rodeo athletes a venue in which to compete. Tickets are on sale at cowtowncoliseum.com/events.
Ultimate Bullfighters will stage competitions the afternoons of May 13-14 and May 20-21 at Will Rogers Coliseum. This is not traditional bullfighting in which matadors look to slay their opponents. Rodeo bullfighters face off against bulls and perform acrobatic stunts while trying to both avoid and remain in close proximity to the animals. This event will feature some of the world’s top bullfighters competing for $100,000 and if you can’t make it in person, you can stream it on PBR RidePass on Pluto TV.
In addition, they’ll have a late-night Bulls Gone Wild event at the Cowtown Coliseum in the Stockyards Historic District. It begins at 10:30 p.m. (after the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo) on May 13 and 14 and features high-level bullfighting mixed with entertainment (including game show challenges).
Women’s Rodeo World Championship
One hundred and seventy-nine top female team ropers, breakaway ropers, and barrel racers will vie for a share of $750,000 (the largest event purse in the history of women’s rodeo) at the Women’s Rodeo World Championship. World Champions in both Pro & Challenger leaderboards will be awarded based on cumulative points. The All-Around World Champion will be determined based on cumulative points from combined leaderboards. You can watch them at Cowtown Coliseum May 16-18. The Wednesday, May 18 Showdown Round will culminate with the Top 3 competitors in each discipline facing off in the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round, to be broadcast LIVE on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
The May 16-17 rounds are free-to-attend. You can buy tickets for the May 18 event at the Cowtown Coliseum Box Office or online at cowtowncoliseum.com.
USPTA Elite World Finals
The United States Team Penning Association will hold their Elite World Finals at the Will Rogers
Coliseum from May 12-15.
On May 15, the ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Bull Bash will be part of the evening, with 32 top bull riders matched with ABBI Derby bulls. Bull riding begins at 6 p.m. and the Top 20 final round of the Elite World Finals will begin immediately following the first section of bull riding and a special Top 20 team introduction at around 7 p.m. Tickets for the 15th can be purchased at Prekindle.com.
American Bucking Bull Futurity
ABBI will hold two events to showcase up-and-coming bucking bulls. In these events, the young bulls don’t compete with a rider but instead have a 14-pound box (dummy) attached to their back for four seconds, during which the judges rate their performances. The American Heritage Futurity is set for May 13-14 and they’ll also have a $50,000-added futurity May 20-21. Both events will be held outside Will Rogers Coliseum.
In addition, they’ll offer a welcome dinner and D&H Cattle Co. Yearling Bull Sale on Thursday, May 12th in the Will Rogers Coliseum’s Pioneer Palace Room.
Chris Shivers’ MBR World Finals
Chris Shivers’ MBR (Miniature Bull Riders) World Finals will feature up-and-coming riders from ages 8-13 riding smaller bulls than the adult competitors face. They’ll hold their event in a tent in the Will Rogers Coliseum Parking Lot.
NBHA Super Showcase
The National Barrel Horse Association will put on their Fort Worth Super Showcase at Cowtown Coliseum on May 15. This free-to-attend open barrel racing event is open to all ages and experience levels.
More Than Bull Riding
In addition to the prolific action on dirt (and it’s an amazing time to be a rodeo fan in Fort Worth), you’ll find much more to enjoy around the city.
PBR Parade of Champions
They’ll stage this parade immediately following the morning cattle drive of longhorns through the Fort Worth Stockyards on both Saturdays of the competition (May 14 and May 21). The parade will feature local and national personalities and many of the world-class bull riders who will compete in the PBR World Finals.
Tractor Supply Co. PBR World Finals Pre-Show
The PBR competition will be broadcast live daily on CBS Sports Network. The May 22 event will also feature a live telecast on CBS Sports (KTVT CBS-11 locally in Fort Worth). Each CBSSN broadcast on May 13-15 and May 19-21 will also be preceded by the 30-minute Tractor Supply Co. PBR World Finals Pre-Show, which they will record daily at 11:30 am in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The PBR’s lead voices will feature bull riders and stock contractors on stage to get you set for the evening’s action inside Dickies Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring their signs to display for the cameras.
Flint Rasmussen’s Outside The Barrel
The PBR’s Official Entertainer, Flint Rasmussen, will host his live Outside The Barrel show. He’ll feature some of PBR’s top talent sharing behind-the-scenes stories and taking fan questions. It’s free to watch on the Simmons Bank Pavilion at Dickies Arena on May 13-14 and 19-21.
PBR Cowboy Experience and Expo
The Fort Worth Stockyards and Simmons Bank Pavilion at Dickies Arena will host the free-to-attend PBR Cowboy Experience and Expo daily from May 13-21. The area will include interactives, rider autograph sessions, vendors, live entertainment, kid zones, and displays on the Western heritage.
A Fortnight of Music
Fort Worth has an exciting music scene as it is, and your ears will have lots of options for taking advantage of it while the PBR is in town.
Pendleton Whisky Concert Series
The Pendleton Whisky Concert Series brings big-time acts to Fort Worth, including headliners Danielle Bradbery and Mitchell Tenpenny. Bradbery will perform May 19 with Tenpenny taking the stage the following night. Admission to these shows is included with a World Finals ticket.
Simmons Plaza outside Dickies Arena will host free concerts prior to the PBR events from Tyler Braden May 13, Chancey Williams May 14, and Tim Dugger May 15. Warrant will rock the plaza May 21.
More music happens at Mule Alley in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Nightly free-to-attend concerts will start at 9:30 p.m. CDT featuring Ashley Cooke May 19, Andy Velo May 20, and Jake Worthington May 21.
Daniel Hsu, Averi Burk and Lou Charle$.
Cliburn medalist Daniel Hsu will perform Friday, May 13 at the Tractor Supply Co. Stage in the Fort Worth Stockyards beginning at 4:30 p.m CDT. The 24-year-old pianist’s show will conclude with his crossover single “Free,” performed with Averi Burk and Lou Charle$.
Concerts In Town And More
As always, Billy Bob’s Texas in the Stockyards features a stellar lineup of concerts. The slate includes Aaron Lewis and The Stateliners May 13, Easton Corbin May 14, Jake Owen May 20, and Jimmie Allen May 21.
In addition, Paul McCartney (yes, that Paul McCartney) plays Dickies Arena May 17.