It’s time for our monthly date night and this month to kick off the new year we thought we’d try something different – bull riding! Well watching bull riding, that is. The Professional Bull Riders are coming to Allstate Arena this weekend and I think it’s going to be a blast. Read on to find out what it’s all about.

What: The “toughest men on dirt” will return to Chicago for the 7th time as the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) will take over Allstate Arena with the Chicago Invitational this weekend.

Why: Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-fueled event, as the Top 35 bull riders in the world risk it all against the best bucking bulls.

When: The action starts at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, continues at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, and concludes at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. During Round 1 on Friday, Round 2 on Saturday and Round 3 on Sunday, the bull riders will face one bull each. Following Round 3, the Top 15 riders with the highest cumulative scores after the three rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the event title.

Cost: Tickets, starting as low as $22, are available at the Allstate Arena box office,, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.

About the tour:

The 2017 BFTS schedule gets underway in New York’s Madison Square Garden, starting a fierce 26-stop tour that will see the world’s top bull riders visit cities like Anaheim, California,St. Louis, Kansas City, Nashville, and Dallas during its 18-state tour. The BFTS will culminate with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas where the 2017 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most PBR world points during the 2017 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR):

The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 40 nations and territories around the world, and more than 3 million fans attend live events each year. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-eight men have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who, with his 2015 PBR World Championship, became bull riding’s first $6 million man and is one of the richest athletes in Western sports history at $6.7 million in career earnings.  For more information on the PBR, go to, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at

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