Three-day event to begin with opening night of games on September 26 at Cowtown Coliseum
FORT WORTH, Texas – The newly crowned PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Teams Champion Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat, today announced that their annual Camping World Team Series homestand, PBR Rattlers Days, will return to Fort Worth, Texas, next season, opening at Cowtown Coliseum on September 26 before concluding inside Dickies Arena on September 27-28.
The Rattlers are Dallas-Fort Worth’s first-ever professional bull riding team, competing in the PBR Camping World Team Series, which transforms bull riding from an individual to team-formatted competition. In 2023, the Rattlers etched their name in the league history books, as the league’s second Championship-winning team.
After a third-place finish during the 2022 season, the Rattlers, under the leadership of PBR Co-Founder, Ring of Honor Inductee and Head Coach Cody Lambert, were a consistent presence atop the standings throughout the entire 2023 campaign, winning two events.
After topping the field in mid-September in Ridgedale, Missouri, where they went 2-1 and won Extra Outs, the Rattlers ended the regular season in commanding form, riding to a red-hot 3-0 record inside Dickies Arena, winning their PBR Rattler Days homestand for the second consecutive season.
Getting hot during the regular-season’s homestretch to surge into the playoffs, the Rattlers began the 2023 PBR Teams Championship in Las Vegas No. 3 in the league. On the opening night of game play, Texas squared off against the No. 8 Missouri Thunder in Round 1. Riding to the game lead in the bottom of the first courtesy of a game-best score from Joao Ricardo Vieira, Texas never looked back, clinching the game win early, and ultimately defeating Missouri by one ride score, 174-84.5.
The Rattlers advanced directly to the second round, next taking on the No. 4 Oklahoma Freedom in bull riding’s version of the Red River Showdown. The Rattlers jumped to an early lead in the first via a crucial early score from Vieira and would log what would be the game-winning score in the bottom of the fourth when Eli Vastbinder was marked 86.25 points aboard Lone Star, putting the Rattlers up by 83.75 points for an eventual 170.75-87 victory, advancing them to the PBR Teams Championship Semifinals for the second consecutive season.
On Championship Sunday, the No. 5 Arizona Ridge Riders stood between Texas and their first berth to the PBR Teams Championship Game. Qualified rides from Brady Fielder in the bottom of the second, followed by Vieira covering his re-ride draw immediately after, would prove too much for Arizona, and Texas earned their first berth to the Championship Game.
Awaiting Texas in the final game of the season was their instate rival and regular-season No. 1 Austin Gamblers.
Texas set the tone early for the five-on-five showdown as opener Vieira easily dominated Outlaw for an 88.75-point lead, then grew their lead to two scores and 176 points as Aussie Brady Fielder dominated Ah Hell for 87.25 points.
An additional ride from Cody Jesus on Tijuana Two-Step for 88.75 points increased the Rattlers’ lead to 89.25 points and set the stage in the top of the fifth for closer Daniel Keeping to clinch the Championship atop Red River. Nodding with confidence, Keeping remained in perfect time with the bull, reaching the requisite 8 and erupting into immediate celebration following his dismount. Marked a monstrous, and game-best, 90.5 points, the score made the Texas Rattlers the second ever PBR Teams Champions in a final game they’d win 355.25 – 265.25.
The bull riding action for the 2024 PBR Camping World Team Series’ Rattlers Days at Cowtown Coliseum begins at 7:45 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 26. Stay tuned to PBR.com for future ticketing information.
The event continues inside Dickies Arena at 7:45 p.m. CT on Friday, September 27, and 6:45 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 28.
Tickets for PBR Rattler Days at Dickies Arena go on sale Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. CT, and start at $21, taxes and fees not included. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and PBR.com, at the Dickies Arena Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.
Two-day ticket packages for PBR Rattler Days at Dickies Arena are available, offering fans a 15% discount on select price levels.
About the Ariat Texas Rattlers:
Under the leadership of General Manager, Chad Blankenship, the Ariat Texas Rattlers are coached by PBR co-founder Cody Lambert, and owned by the Fisher Family and Leonard Firestone. In 2023, the Rattlers etched their name in the history books, crowned the 2023 PBR Teams Champions. The Ariat Texas Rattlers team, based in Fort Worth, will host its third Rattler Days homestand event September 26-28, 2023 at Cowtown Coliseum and Dickies Arena.
Fisher Family investments include footwear and apparel, real estate, timberland and forest products, and education and sports, including ownership of the Oakland Athletics (MLB) and San Jose Earthquakes (MLS). Through its Ariat brand, the Official Boot of PBR, the Fisher family have been longtime supporters of PBR. The family is actively involved with a number of philanthropic causes, including SFMOMA, The KIPP Foundation, and UCSF. Leonard Firestone is a Fort Worth entrepreneur and civic leader. He was a co-founder of the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company, which is the producer of the highly regarded TX Whiskey and TX Bourbon brands. A former Fort Worth City Councilman, Firestone currently serves on the Board of Managers for the John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network serving the healthcare needs of Tarrant County.
About the PBR Camping World Team Series:
The PBR Camping World Team Series is an elite league featuring the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five games leading to a Team Championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. During the 2024 season, the league’s third, each of the ten teams – Austin Gamblers of Austin, TX; Arizona Ridge Riders of Glendale, AZ; Carolina Cowboys of Greensboro, NC; Florida Freedom of Sunrise, FL; Kansas City Outlaws of Kansas City, MO; Nashville Stampede of Nashville, TN; OK; Missouri Thunder of Ridgedale, MO; and Texas Rattlers of Fort Worth, TX– will host a homestand. Neutral-site games are held in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA.
PBR Teams, launched in July 2022, builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. In events staged in a tournament-style format, all teams compete in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game features five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters are comprised of seven riders on the Protected Roster and five Reserve riders. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders is declared the winner of each game. The event winner is the team with the most game wins across an event. All PBR Teams events are carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on Pluto TV.
PBR is part of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company. For more information, visit PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.
About Dickies Arena:
Dickies Arena is a 14,000 seat, spectacular multipurpose venue that was built in 2019 and is owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity, Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC). The facility is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the State of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The arena is located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The state-of-the-art arena hosts concerts, sporting events and family entertainment, and is home to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Dickies Arena has been nominated for Arena of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and Pollstar Magazine in 2022 and 2023. Billboard Magazine’s 2023 midyear Boxscore Top 10 Worldwide chart results have Dickies Arena as the Top Grossing venue in the U.S. among venues of similar size. For more information, visit www.DickiesArena.com.
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