PBR PRESS RELEASE – For the first time in history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will hold its World Finals, regarded as the most prestigious event in bull riding, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The organization will storm into the Lone Star State from May 13-22, crowning the 2022 PBR World Champion, YETI PBR World Champion Bull, Rookie of the Year, World Finals event winner, and more, inside the state-of-the-art Dickies Arena. Harkening back to a past format of the World Finals, reminiscent of when the year-end event was split between Mandalay Bay and Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the first three rounds of the 2022 PBR World Finals will be held May 13-15, with the final five rounds held from May 19-22. The richest bull riding event in the world features a more than $2.7 million purse, including $1 million bonus to the PBR World Champion, who also receives the coveted gold World Champion buckle, as well as a $300,000 check awarded to the event winner and a $100,000 bonus to be presented to the 2022 YETI PBR World Champion Bull.
PBR’s World Finals will debut in Fort Worth as one of the fiercest races to be crowned the PBR World Champion and World Champion Bull will come to a climactic finish. In the battle to be crowned the 2022 PBR World Champion, No. 1 Daylon Swearingen and No. 2 Joao Ricardo Vieira are seperated by a mere 8.99 points, with the Top 10 all within less than 420 points of one another. Among those top contenders, several are seeking history. For No. 2 Vieira, should he earn his first gold buckle at season’s end, he would become the oldest PBR World Champion in history. Currently 37, Vieira would surpass Adriano Moraes, who won his third title in 2006 at age 36. Two-time and reigning PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme will begin the marathon event No. 4 in the world, 260.99 points behind the top rank. Should Leme once again be crowned the PBR World Champion in 2022, the stoic Brazilian would become the first rider in history to claim the honor in three consecutive seasons and just the third three-time PBR World Champion. In the bull pen, two powerful animal athletes will begin the event tied for the world No. 1 rank. Both reingin PBR World Champion Bull Woopaa and Ridin Solo concluded the regular-season with an impressive 46.29-point world average.
On Thursday, May 12, join the PBR, Dickies Arena, Visit Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Sports Commission for the official launch press conference for the 2022 PBR World Finals. PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason will be joined by world No. 1 rider Daylon Swearingen and stock contractors Laramie Wilson and Cord McCoy who are the men behind the top-ranked bulls. Joining the PBR representatives will be Matt Homan, President and General Manager of Dickies Arena, Bob Jameson, President and CEO of Visit Fort Worth, and Jason Sands, Executive Director of Fort Worth Sports Commission.
PBR, Dickies Arena, Visit Fort Worth and Fort Worth Sports Commission to host launch press conference for the first-ever PBR World Finals held in Fort Worth, Texas, getting underway on Friday, May 13
Sean Gleason, CEO and Commissioner of the PBR
Matt Homan, President and General Manager of Dickies Arena
Bob Jameson, President and CEO of Visit Fort Worth
Jason Sands, Executive Director of Fort Worth Sports Commission
Daylon Swearingen, World No. 1-raned Professional Bull Rider
Laramie Wilson, Stock Contractor for World No. 1 Bull Woopaa
Cord McCoy, Stock Contractor for World No. 1 Bull Ridin Solo
Press release provide by the PBR