Professional Bull Riders to visit Kennewick for the first time in league history

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Professional Bull Riders (PBR) visited the Tri-Cities back in 2009 and 2010, but never stopped in Kennewick. That’s about to change with the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s PBR Tri-Cities Classic taking over the Toyota Center in September.

Some of the best bull riders in the world will compete in front of the Tri-Cities during a high-octane showdown between men and beasts on Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11. Events begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:00 p.m. that Saturday.

Yakima hosted PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour events from 2015-2017 and hosted the PBR’s Touring Pro Division eight times from 2006 to 2014. The PBR Tri-Cities Classic is the 19th Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event this season with the series touring the country. This year alone, it’s made stops in major cities like Greenville, S.C., Lexington, KY., Pensacola, FLA., and Grand Forks, N.D.

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Not only will this mark PBR’s first time in the Tri-Cities since 2010, but it’s a momentous return for the Toyota Center. This will be the first major ticketed, touring event that the Toyota Center will host at full capacity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s top three scorers are separated by only 12 points in the ongoing competition. The current No. 1 ranked rider is Texas-native Austin Richardson; followed by Paulo Ferreira Lima of Brazil and Michael Lane of Virginia.

A regional competitor will join the action as well. Derek Kolbaba of Walla Walla is a 25-year-old who qualified for the PBR World Finals six times. He was the runner-up to the PBR World Championships in 2017 and is sure to be the home crowd favorite when he visits Southeast Washington this September.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. on TicketMaster,, or by calling the PBR Customer Service line at 1-800-732-1727. Cost begins at $15 plus tax and fees with add-ons available to interested participants.


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