Professional Bull Riders

Professional Bull Riders returns to Van Andel Arena on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00PM. The 2018 Velocity Tour features some of the top bull riders in the world against some of the best bulls in the industry. PBR is NOT a rodeo - it's over two hours of intense bull riding action! 


During one night of heart-pounding, bone-crushing action, fans can look forward to seeing a star-studded line-up of athletes. The PBR Real Time Velocity Tour is the top expansion series of the PBR. The PBR Velocity Tour will bring all the high-energy sound, lighting, special effects and edge of your seat action that ans have come to expect from the world leader in the sport of bull riding.


Tickets are available NOW at, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $15, $30, $50, $75 and $125, ticket prices will go up $5 per ticket on the day of the show. Ticket prices are subject to change.


Fast Facts:

  • 70 tons of dirt is brought in each weekend for a PBR event
  • Over 50 bucking bulls are brought to each event
  • It takes 7 semi-trucks to load in all the supplies for the event
  • It takes a crew of 30 guys to set up for 36 hours for the show to take place
  • An average PBR bucking bull weight 1700 - 2000 lbs
  • An average bull rider weighs 140 lbs


Talk like a Cowboy:

  • Rank - A bull that is very difficult to ride is considered 'rank'

"That bull right there, he's a rank one, I tell ya."

  • Cover - When a rider 'covers' his bull, he has successfully ridden a bull for 8 seconds

"Heck yeah, he covered that one."

  • Chaps - Most people mispronounce this word, say it like with an "s" (shaps)
  • Draw - An even'ts list of bull riders and the bulls they are paried with

"Dustin, what'd you draw tonight?"

  • Down in the Well - saying used by riders to describe a situation in which a bull is spinning in one direction and the force of the spin pulls the rider down the side of the bull into the motion's vortex.

"Ah he's done for, he's got him down in the well."

  • Fades - A bull that fades during a ride moves backward while simultaneously spinning or bucking in one or more directions

"Oh shucks, he's gonna buck him off cuz he's fadin' fast."

  • Muley - Term used to describe a bull without horns 

"He done got stepped on by that brown muley."