Sydney named second host city for inaugural PBR Global Cup

first_imgSydney named second host city for inaugural PBR Global CupSydney named second host city for inaugural PBR Global CupSome of the world’s toughest cowboys have touched down on local soil as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) officially announce Sydney as one of five host cities for the inaugural PBR Global Cup.Tickets to the PBR Global Cup are now on-sale, with the event set to take place at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on June 9 & 10, 2018.  A special 20 per cent discount for two-day packages is on offer for a limited 30 day period.Sydney will play host to the second leg of the much-anticipated Global Cup, a five-nation team battle between bull-riding powerhouses Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and USA.Some of the top bull-riders from around the globe will put their grit, athleticism and patriotism to the test as they battle to spend eight electrifying seconds atop 900kg of raging fury – the best and biggest bulls in the business.To celebrate the announcement, top riders from each participating nation took in some of Sydney’s most iconic sights and attractions including Thor Hoefer (USA), Brock Radford (CAN), Gustavo Pedrero (MEX), Lucas Divino (BRA) and home-grown hero Cliff Richardson (AUS).The PBR Global Cup will showcase awe-inspiring courage and athleticism as riders compete to crown their country “Toughest Nation on Dirt”, and to win an Australian record $750,000 prize-purse.Each team will fight to retain their nation’s piece of the PBR Global Cup trophy – the crown jewel of bull-riding that will hold their sacred hometown soil.Valued at $250,000, the prestigious trophy (pictured above) weighs 54 kgs and consists of five separate horns – the entire trophy is encrusted in 360 Swarovski stones. Each horn is decorated in national colours and symbols, and will be filled with soil from each participating country.The only way to take home the whole trophy is to win every leg of the PBR Global Cup. Each team will fight hardest for a hometown win to hold on to their nation’s soil and piece of the Cup.Providing a home-field advantage in defending home-turf, each PBR Global Cup host team will field 14 riders – double the size of visiting nations’ teams.“The PBR Global Cup trophy symbolises the battle for glory on hometown turf,” said Glen Young, General Manager, PBR Australia. “Each host country will fight with national pride to retain their horn and sacred soil.  Just as the cricketers fight to win the symbolic Ashes trophy, our riders will battle for supremacy for their country. This is the ultimate PBR battle – man versus beast, and nation versus nation, to take home the crown jewel of bull riding.”The PBR Global Cup is set to deliver an extreme sports experience like no other. The Cup is hotly-contested by some of the strongest riders across the globe, as well as being a major spectator event for millions of avid sports fans around the world.“Each competitor has been selected as one of their nation’s best bull-riders, and we expect fans will see exhilarating, first-rate performances come next June,” Young said.Tickets for the Sydney leg of the PBR Global Cup are available now at: special 20 percent discount for two-day packages is on offer for a limited 30 day period.PBR, founded in 1992, is now available in more than 400 million homes worldwide. The sport continues to grow in popularity in the five countries in which it competes, with regular sell-out events and increasing mainstream media coverage.The first leg of the PBR Global Cup challenge bucked off in Edmonton Canada earlier this month, running across three days from November 9-11, 2017.In front of a packed crowd at Rogers Place, Team USA came from behind to win the inaugural PBR Global Cup.Team Brazil finished second after an 11-for-18 showing, finishing the first-ever event with 927.5 points, trailing Team USA by one qualified ride and 99.25 points.Team Canada, including Brock Radford, finished third on their home soil after going 10-for-32.Fourth place went to Team Australia, which earned 599.25 points from seven 8-second rides.The line-up from down under was led by Cliff Richardson who was 2-for-3 across the two days of competition.In going 1-for-2 on Saturday, he added 85.25 points to his nation’s total riding Blue Gangster.Team Mexico finished fifth after doubling the number of qualified rides earned in the initial rounds during Saturday night’s finale.Event dates and venues for the Global Cup stops in Brazil, Mexico and the United States will be announced in the coming months.To view the sizzle reel for the 2018 Global Cup in Australia, visit: = Professional Bull Riders (PBR)last_img read more