PBR Express Ranches Invitational coming to Tulsa’s BOK Center

PBR Express Ranches Invitational coming to Tulsa’s BOK Center
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TULSA, Okla. — The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) elite “Unleash the Beast” show is coming to the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa -- and allowing fans to come watch.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the BOK will welcome fans to the PBR Express Ranches Invitational Oct. 10-11.

Organizers say they have “placed a strong focus on the health and safety of its guests, staff and competitors.”

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“The PBR Express Ranches Invitational will feature a multitude of preventative measures as advised by the Tulsa Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Through the dual activation of ASM Global’s “Venue Shield” and the PBR’s “Be Cowboy Safe” guidelines, both BOK Center and PBR bring a wide array of resources and experience to enhance the safety of guests."
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All protocols are aligned with public health authorities, and medical and industry experts. ASM Global, which manages BOK Center, will be using a “Venue Shield,” which reduces physical touchpoints, increases venue sanitization and cleanliness, and provides various health monitoring guidelines and services, will be combined with PBR’s “Be Cowboy Safe” protocols for the live events.

ASM Global’s “Venue Shield” and PBR’s “Be Cowboy Safe” protocols for live events include, but are not limited to:

  • All fans as well as staff and competitors will be required to wear face masks inside BOK Center. This will be strictly enforced.
  • All staff members will be temperature screened prior to entering BOK Center. They will be required to wear face masks while inside the venue, along with any other personal protective equipment necessary dependent upon job function.
  • ASM Tulsa staff has been trained and will be actively utilizing new methods of sanitation, including wiping down surfaces after use, frequent hand washing, changing out masks regularly, etc.
  • All PBR staff, riders and stock contractors will be required to undergo COVID-19 (coronavirus) medical testing prior to traveling to Tulsa. They will also be subject to additional tests at any time, including daily temperature checks prior to entering the BOK Center.
  • PBR will only sell up to 50% of arena capacity to separate fans.
  • All fans will be in POD seating, which increases distancing and minimizes fan crossover when entering and exiting their seats. Fans must purchase all tickets in a selected POD group, available in select section groupings of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 seats.
  • Reduction of point of sale, box office and merchandise terminals to promote social distancing.
  • “Touchless” fan experience including adjusted methods of ingress and security checks, prepackaged food and beverage, increased informational signage and one-way areas.
  • A focus on digital ticketing and cashless transactions. Event tickets will be limited in order to promote social distancing.
  • Safety barriers at all food & beverage points of sale inside the venue.
  • Increased sanitization of high-contact areas including bathrooms, concourses, concession stands, elevators, dining areas, and the box office at BOK Center.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the venue in high touch point areas to promote hand hygiene.
  • Elimination of promotional handouts.

From BOK Center:

Prior to mass-gathering restrictions implemented due to coronavirus, PBR’s Unleash The Beast last competed in front of fans in Little Rock, Ark., at Simmons Bank Arena March 6-7. The sport then held closed events in Duluth, Ga. at Infinite Energy Arena March 14-15, followed by three event weekends in Logan County, Okla., beginning April 25.

On July 10-12, PBR welcomed back fans for the first time in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the playoffs of a special team tournament, the groundbreaking PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge, as well as a Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event. In the subsequent weeks, PBR has held fan-attended elite tour events in Bismarck, N.D., Guthrie, Okla., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Fort Worth, Texas.

This year’s competition at BOK Center will mark the 16th consecutive year the PBR’s elite Unleash The Beast has stopped in the “Oil Capital of the World.”

Historically, of the past 11 World Champions, seven have won the Tulsa event en route to capturing the coveted gold buckle. Those riders are: Jess Lockwood (2019 and 2017); Cooper Davis (2016); J.B. Mauney (2015, 2013); Renato Nunes (2010); and Kody Lostroh (2009).