The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) at Van Andel Arena on Sept. 12 & 13

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) tour bucks into Grand Rapids, Mich., for the U.S. Border Patrol Invitational presented by Cooper Tires, the 27th stop on the prestigious tour. For two thrilling evenings, the top 45 bull riders in the world will take on the toughest bulls in the world at the Van Andel Arena with action getting underway at 7:30 p.m., on both Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13. 

With tickets starting for as little as $10, PBR fans, new and old, will not only see the toughest athletes on dirt, they will also experience more than two hours of edge-of-your-seat thrills and spills, rock & roll music, and pyrotechnics. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena Box Office,, or by phone at 616 456.3333.

Fans can expect to see two-time and reigning PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.); world number one Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil); and top 2008 Daisy Rookie of the Year contenders Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas), Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas), and Kolt Donaldson (Idabel, Okla.). This will also be Grand Rapids’ final opportunity to see the legendary three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil) who announced that the 2008 BFTS season would be his farewell tour.

The U.S. Border Patrol Invitational presented by Cooper Tires will consist of three rounds of competition with the first two rounds featuring the top 45 bull riders randomly matched against the PBR’s toughest bulls. The scores from the two rides will be combined and the riders with the top 15 scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round after intermission on Saturday. In the end, the cowboy with the highest total score on three bulls will be declared the winner!