After a record-setting first event inside FedExForum in 2020, the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) returns to the banks of the Mississippi for the second straight year on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The first touring event at FedExForum since March of 2020, PBR’s Bluff City Classic brings America’s original extreme sport back to Memphis.
Tickets for the Bluff City Classic go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the FedExForum Box Office. There will also be an exclusive online presale on Friday, June 4, at 10 a.m. – Sunday, June 6, at 10 p.m. for current Memphis Grizzlies’ MVP Season Ticket Members, recipients of FedExForum Event Alert e-mails and by connecting with FedExForum on Twitter and Instagram (@FedExForum) or ‘liking’ FedExForum on Facebook.
After a four-year hiatus from the Bluff City before 2020, the 2021 Bluff City Classic marks the second PWVT visit to FedExForum in as many years. Bringing the world’s toughest athletes face-to-face with the rankest bulls, the two-round event packs all the thrills, spills and white-knuckle action into one heart-racing night. Bull riders from around the globe will be walking Beale Street searching for their own fame and fortune as the 2021 Bluff City Classic Champion. Thousands of dollars, points towards a PBR World Championship, and all-important bragging rights are on the line for the 40 riders in Memphis.
PBR veteran Fabiano Vieira (Perola, Brazil) hoisted the buckle in Memphis once the dirt settled in February 2020. Turning in a perfect 2-for-2 performance, Vieira jumped to No. 10 in the world rankings with the victory. Premier series regulars Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) and Rubens Barbosa (Iaciara, Brazil) rounded out the Top 5 at the 2020 event.
The 2021 PWVT season is scheduled to culminate at the 2021 PWVT Finals in Las Vegas. While in the Entertainment Capital of the World, the 2021 PWVT champion will don the cherished gold buckle and receive an automatic bid to the 2021 PBR World Finals. Former PWVT champions include some of the top riders on Earth today, such as Chase Outlaw (2016), Jose Vitor Leme (2019) and most recently Mason Taylor (2020).
For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can now purchase PBR Elite Experiences, which provide a behind-the-chutes look into the toughest sport on dirt.
About the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
The PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) began in 2014 as the premier expansion tour for the PBR. The Velocity Tour, the sport’s fastest-growing tour, brings the excitement and top-levels of cowboy and bovine talent that fans have come to expect from the sport to cities across the United States. The PWVT is proudly supported by Pendleton Whisky, Lucas Oil, the United States Border Patrol, Boot Barn, Cooper Tires, USCCA, Union Home Mortgage, TicketSmarter, Kubota and the South Point Hotel and Casino. Every Velocity Tour event is carried by RidePass, the PBR’s flagship digital network.
About PBR (Professional Bull Riders)
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 700 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash the Beast Tour (UTB), which features the Top 30 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR’s digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. 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.