PBR Canada’s Elite Cup Series Returns to Grande Prairie with Fan-Attended Event Oct. 1-2
By: Kacie Albert Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 10:30 AM
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – For the second time in league history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s elite Cup Series will buck into Grande Prairie, Alberta, welcoming fans to Revolution Place October 1-2 for the Grande Prairie BuckWild.
PBR Canada’s Cup Series regularly features Canada’s best riders alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.
Last season, the elite Canadian Cup Series debuted in Grande Prairie, when the league held the three-day, four-event 2020 PBR Canada Finals at Revolution Place.
After an electric quartet of events inside the Alberta venue, Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) capped his dominant season with the 2020 PBR Canada Championship.
Entering the series of season-culminating events with a firm grip on the No. 1 rank on the national standings, Buttar furthered his stronghold in the opening tour stop, finishing third to expand his lead over then No. 2 Garret Green (Meeting Creek, Alberta) to 137 points.
Buttar then notched his third Cup Series event victory of 2020 on the second night of action in Grande Prairie to clinch his first national championship.
As the 2020 PBR Canada Finals wound to a close, Buttar completed his impressive tare through the first-ever Cup Series events held in Grande Prairie with a win in the final event, earned courtesy of an 88-point ride on Bull of the Year contender Finning Lil Shorty (Flying Four Bucking Bulls).
The Saskatchewan-native concluded the 2020 season 240.17 points ahead of runner-up Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta), having gone a torrid 18-for-25 (72%), including a historic 11-out ride streak to begin the year. He also registered a head-turning six event wins across the 13 events he competed at on home soil throughout the year.
While the elite Cup Series debuted in 2020, the city first welcomed PBR in 2019, hosting a stop on the Canadian Touring Pro Division. Going a perfect 2-for-2, Thor Hoefer II (Priest River, Idaho) won the inaugural event, followed closely by runner-up Radford.
The bull riding action for PBR Canada Cup Series’ Grande Prairie BuckWild begins at 7:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, June 18, and start at $35, standard fees may apply, and can be purchased online at RevolutionPlace.com, or by phone at (780) 538-0387. Purchase by phone is available Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MDT.
In cooperation with local government and through the dual activation of the PBR’s “Be Cowboy Safe” guidelines, and Alberta Health COVID-19 rules and regulations, Revolution Place and PBR have instituted a series of protocols to enhance the safety of guests, including: Focus on digital ticketing and minimal person-to-person contact where possible; Touchless and cashless sales options at concession and merchandise stands throughout Revolution Place; Increased sanitization of high-contact areas including doors, railings, concession counters, merchandise stands, bathrooms and elevators; Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the venue to promote hand hygiene.
The 2021 slate of events marks the sixth season for the PBR Canada Cup Series as a unified competitive series traveling across the country and broadcast on TSN. Stay tuned to PBRCanada.com for the complete 2021 event and broadcast schedule, to be announced in the coming weeks.
All future PBR Canada events are subject to change, planned in accordance with directives issued by relevant government and health authorities given the evolving regulations during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.