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Unleash the Beast: PBR World Finals kicks off at Cowtown Coliseum

Strap in for all the bull riding and western rodeo events during the PBR World Finals in Fort Worth.


Three-time world champion bull rider Silvano Alves will compete in his 15th consecutive World Finals.

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The PBR World Finals is busting through the gates. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is going back to its roots with Elimination Rounds kicking off at Cowtown Coliseum tonight at 7:45 p.m.

PBR co-founder and National Rodeo Hall of Famer Cody Lambert, who won the organization’s first official event at the venue in 1993, recognized the 1908 coliseum as “the center of the universe as far as rodeo is concerned,” in a press conference earlier this week.

The world’s 40 best bull riders will compete in the Stockyards through Sunday, May 12 + again in redemption rounds on Wednesday, May 15 + Thursday, May 16. Then, the top 15 athletes will advance to the championship at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, May 18 + Sunday, May 19.

While three-time champion Silvano Alves may be competing in his 15th consecutive World Finals, the Fort Worth Zoo’s lion cub tapped Brazilian rider Eduardo Aparecido to take home the coveted golden belt buckle.

This ain’t our first rodeo. We’ve rounded up some events so you can take the weekend by the horns.

Cowboy riding a bucking bull.

Hold onto your hat because it’s going to be a wild ride. | Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media

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Incredi-bull events

The official competition isn’t all there is to see. Don’t miss out on these bonus events + bookmark the full schedule.

  • Drone Show | Friday, May 10 | 9:15 p.m. | Stockyards | Free
  • Ariat Boot Trot | Saturday, May 11 | 8 a.m. | Stockyards | $30-$40
  • Parade | Saturday, May 11 | 11:45 a.m. | Stockyards | Free
  • UBF Midnight Bull Fights | Friday, May 10 + Saturday, May 11 | 11:30 p.m. | Cowtown Coliseum | $10-$33
  • Kid Rock’s Rock N Rodeo | Friday, May 17 | 7:45 p.m. | AT&T Stadium | $42-$260
  • Cole Hauser’s Ultimate Tailgate Party | Saturday, May 18 | 4:30 p.m. | AT&T Stadium | Included with World Finals ticket
  • Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo | Saturday, May 18 | 1:30 p.m. + 7:30 p.m. | Cowtown Coliseum | $15-$109
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