PBR Canada Announces 2019 Monster Energy Tour Schedule
By: Kacie Albert Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – Set to begin its fourth season as the nation’s premier professional bull riding series, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s Monster Energy Tour will visit eight provinces in 2019, with the schedule once again highlighted by the league’s third-ever international Major in Québec.
The Monster Energy Tour features Canada’s elite bull riders, alongside some of the PBR’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls in North America. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous riders face off against their 2,000-pound, animal-athlete opponents.
Notably, the 2019 Monster Energy Tour will feature the most events in the series’ four-year history. After holding five events in 2017, the tour expanded to nine stops this season, with 11 on the docket for 2019. The expansion comes amidst the tour’s most successful season to date, already experiencing two sell outs in Calgary, Alberta to launch the season and Moncton, New Brunswick during the toughest sport on dirt’s debut in the Maritime city.
The season will get underway on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, marking the Monster Energy Tour’s third trip to the city since last visiting in 2017. Last season, Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) used a dominant performance, winning both rounds, en route to capturing his first win on Canada’s top tour.
Lethbridge, Alberta will then welcome the nationally-televised series on March 1-2. The stop will mark the first time the city has hosted the Monster Energy Tour after holding numerous successful Touring Pro Division (TPD) events, won by home province rider Garrett Green (Meeting Creek, Alberta) this season.
Three weeks later, the tour will travel nearly 300km north to Calgary, Alberta where the Nutrien Western Event Centre will host the second two-day event of the season on March 22-23. The Calgary event made history in 2018 as the first ticketed event in history to sell out inside the venue, as the capacity crowd watched Brock Radford, from nearby De Winton, capture the win.
An annual feature of the Monster Energy Tour’s schedule, the subsequent event, May 4 in Québec, Québec, will mark the first of a four-event push in the Eastern provinces. For the third consecutive year, the Videotron Centre will once again be the site of an International Major, offering riders both an increased purse and points, while welcoming top international talent from the world rankings.
After a return to London, Ontario and Budweiser Gardens on May 11, the Canadian tour will then travel to Moncton, New Brunswick’s newly opened Moncton Events Centre on May 25. The event will mark the second time the PBR has traveled to the city, selling out its inaugural visit in 2018 when young gun Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta) earned his career-first victory on the tour.
The stretch will conclude in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 1 at the Scotiabank Centre.
After a month break, the Monster Energy Tour will travel to Kelowna, British Columbia and Prospera Place on July 6.
Following a three month break during the summer, the Monster Energy Tour will return with back-to-back events in Edmonton, Alberta on October 12 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Abbotsford, British Columbia on October 19 at the Abbotsford Centre.
For the tenth consecutive year, the season will culminate in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the PBR Canada Finals on November 22-23 where the 2019 PBR Canada Champion will be crowned.
In returning to Saskatoon for the PBR Canada Finals, riders will have the opportunity to compete for one of the nation’s top honors in a region that has produced the likes of three-time PBR Canada Champion Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan), 2015 PBR Canada Champion Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), and Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan), currently the top ranked Canadian in the world standings.
Fans can check with PBRCanada.com for tickets to all 2019 events as well as the 2019 PBR Canada Finals at the SaskTel Centre on Nov. 22-23.
2019 PBR CANADA MONSTER ENERGY TOUR SCHEDULE
DATE CITY VENUE
January 26 Winnipeg, Manitoba Bell MTS Place
March 1-2 Lethbridge, Alberta ENMAX Centre
March 22-23 Calgary, Alberta Nutrien Western Event Centre
May 4 Québec, Québec Videotron Centre
May 11 London, Ontario Budweiser Gardens
May 25 Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Events Centre
June 1 Halifax, Nova Scotia Scotiabank Centre
July 6 Kelowna, British Columbia Prospera Place
October 12 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton EXPO Centre
October 19 Abbotsford, British Columbia Abbotsford Centre
November 22-23 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SaskTel Centre