By: Kacie Albert
CHARLESTON, West Virginia – For the second time in history, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour will travel to Charleston, West Virginia and return to the Charleston Coliseum on January 13-14, 2023 with the PBR Capital City Classic.
Following overwhelming enthusiasm and demand for the first PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour event in Charleston in 2022, the organization has expanded the show to a two-day event in January 2023.
For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will face off against the sport’s best bovine athletes in the ultimate showdown between man and beast at one of the most thrilling live sporting events to watch.
In the 2023 season, the PBR will celebrate its 30th anniversary since 20 cowboys broke away from traditional rodeo in the belief that bull riding could be a standalone sport. Since their pioneering initiative, the PBR has become a global phenomenon awarding nearly $300 million in prizes.
The upcoming PBR Capital Cities Classic will mark the third event of the new individual season for the PBR expansion series. Spectators will follow the riders as they battle for the first race points to be crowned the 2023 PBR Velocity Tour champion.
When the PBR debuted in Charleston in March 2022 to a sold-out crowd, João Henrique Lucas (Bastos, Brazil) delivered a perfect 2-on-2 effort to clinch victory in the inaugural event.
Lucas was paired with Oreo (Dustin Denning) in the first round of the night, shooting from the falls for an impressive 89 points.
PBR’s extraordinary animal athletes dominated half of the championship round clashes, but the Brazilian cowboy conquered hard and often (Sho-Me Rodeo) for 87 points late in the night to take the win.
After the event in Charleston, Lucas’ wins continued. Recording three more Top 10s at all levels of competition, Lucas concluded the individual season with his third consecutive qualification for the PBR World Finals. He concluded the year world No. 25.
Bull riding action for the PBR Capital City Classic begins with Round 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 13, followed by Round 2 and the Championship Round at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 14. The 45 bulls competing riders will each ride a bull in Round 1. The top 30 riders from Round 1 will advance to Round 2 on Saturday night. The riders’ individual scores over two rounds will be aggregated, with the Top 15 advancing to the championship round for another out and a chance to win the event title.
Tickets for the two-day event go on sale Thursday, September 15 at 10 a.m. ET and start at $15 plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and PBR.com, at the Charleston Coliseum box office or by calling PBR Customer Service at 1-800-732-1727.
PBR Elite seats are available for avid fans who want an exclusive VIP experience while enjoying one of the best bull riding tours in the world. These tickets, available in three tiers, offer premium seating, a personal on-site concierge at the PBR fan loyalty booth, an on-pitch photo available for digital download after the event, a $10 discount voucher, and a souvenir ID and lanyard.
PBR Plus seats are priced at $165 and PBR VIP Elite seats at $195. In addition to the benefits above, VIP Elite seating also includes a pre-event behind-the-scenes tour by some of PBR’s top pilots, contractors and staff.
Available for $245, PBR Premier Elite seats, which will offer the best views on the venue, will also include a limited-edition 30th Anniversary Season Hat and pre-event tour.
For more information on the PBR and to view the full PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour 2023 schedule, visit PBR.com.
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