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PBR Teams and the Nashville Stampede Return for a Wild Weekend Campout in Music City

by Rich and Laura Lynch

The Bulls Returned to Broadway for the second annual Stampede Days - the PBR Teams Series that took place August 18-20, 2023 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Just like last year, Silvano Alves held on for a thrilling the walk off ride - this time on Wicked Ways for 88 points.

Teams you say? You mean like the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS? Well, in a word - Yes! Admittedly, the relatively new PBR (Professional Bull Riding) format known as the World Teams Series at first seemed like a bit of a quirky idea when it was announced last year with the goal of turning this historically individual sport into a group effort. But, with a high profile title partner in the form of Camping World coming on board it is clear that someone is taking the concept seriously and with good reason, too!

Stampede Days was more than three days of on-the-edge-of-your-seat bull riding. The Stampede Street Party took over Rep. John Lewis Way South between Broadway and Demonbreun for the weekend. Live music hosted by Tractor Supply Co was featured throughout the celebration. There was a mechanical bull out for folks to test their skills along with opportunities to win prizes. One of the large trailers was open with two bulls peering out for photographs. Friday's fun included line dancing and a pep rally where the Stampede escorted the glittering PRB Teams trophy buckle to Music City.

PBR Teams is becoming a big deal in Music City.

At Bridgestone Plaza, we enjoyed music by CJ Field and Chancie Neal. CJ has been nominated for Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. He has penned songs for Ashley McBryde among others. When not collaborating, the talented Field is tilling his own potent prose included the insightful "Bad Decisions" that he presented on Friday. While Chancie's rodeo family got her into that passion, her passion for music was entirely her own. Neal moved to Nashville at 15, got a publishing deal by 17 and has toured with Luke Bryan. She has a heart for country and her "Neighbors" captured the best of southern hospitality in a song. These two musicians were among many artists who performed at this three-day family friendly party.

Inside the Bridgestone Arena there were more scan to win opportunities. Cooper Tires a strong supporter of PRB were giving out tee-shirts in exchange for filling out a short survey. During the event there were more giveaways from Wrangler, Dan Post & Ariat Boots. After taking in the sights and sounds of the concourse we found our seats to enjoy team introductions with an extra warm welcome for the Stampede. Prayer and the singing of the American Anthem kicked off the event.

Nashville's only championship team in recent memory - The Nashville Stampede.

The PBR Teams concept showcases top bull riders from around the world competing on teams in five-on-five full riding games. Each competition features these rugged athletes squaring off against their counterparts from another squad. Full rosters are comprised of seven riders on the Protected Roster and five Reserve riders. The group with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders is declared the victor of that game. The overall winner is the lineup with the most game wins across the event. All PBR Team Series contests can be seen on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on Pluto TV.

The bulls on Friday, many of whom such as Exodus hold the title of "never been rode" had a lot of pent-up energy in the chute and out on the field where they often had to be corralled by the horseman and the brave safety crew. This evening even featured the first bull breaking out of his hold to make an unprecedented dash into the rodeo arena as the main announcer declared that he had "never seen that before".

New for this year? The Nashville Stampede dance team.

There were also a few scary dismounts and buck offs that served to remind us all how dangerous this sport is even with protective gear and trimmed horns. Many of the bulls were the victor maintaining their daunting records.

During game breaks, fiddle player Tim Watson "The Fiddle Man" and his son entertained us with popular tunes including a few from the late, yet still legendary Charlie Daniels. We saw rodeo legend Flint Rasmussen - the sport's most famous clown - on the pregame sidelines in his recently acquired role of commentator. Brinson, the new Rodeo Barrelman engaged the crowd with his climbs on the rails along with a lot of animated gyrations and dance moves. Staying on the topic, the Nashville Stampede dance team was also a nice attractive addition to this year's festivities.

This legend was on display and available for selfies in front of the Arena.

The first game on Friday which turned out to be the highest scoring of the night pitted the Texas Rattlers against the Kansas City Outlaws. The Rattlers took a bit out of the Outlaws' score when closer Braidy Randolph earned a 90 for his impressive ride. Another big moment was when the Arizona Ridge Riders earned their first win of the season as they knocked off the league No. 1 and previously undefeated Austin Gamblers.

The last game of the night featured the Nashville Stampede against the Missouri Thunder. Closer Silvano Alves wowed the crowd as he delivered the team a walk-off win against their competitors. This broke the Stampede's losing streak thus ending the first night of festivities on a good note. The Stampede was unable to repeat a win on Saturday despite support from a sold-out crowd. However, the Austin Gamblers reclaimed their first-place form by defeating the Carolina Cowboys 176-171.

A banner day all around with Tim Watson; Brinson the new rodeo clown; and, the bulloon guy!

After their loss to Kansas on Saturday night, the Stampede concluded their homestand with a game win on Sunday, upsetting the Arizona Ridge Riders 90-0, courtesy of a commanding score from young gun Kaiden Loud. While the Kansas City Outlaws delivered a memorable 90-point ride in Extra Outs to Win the PBR Camping World Team Series Event in Nashville.

The big idea behind the PBR Team Series is to build fan loyalty in the cities that have a team thus giving spectators a group to support. But, let's be honest it is hard not to cheer for all the men willing to get on the back of a raging bull for a possible eight seconds of glory so fans will still gravitate to their favorite riders as well as their own home town boys.

The bulls seemed to be even harder to handle this year.

On the concourse we spotted wearing T-shirts and jerseys of all the current franchises proving that the powers that be in the PBR are clearly on to something. There are currently eight teams with talks of expansion to 10 in 2024 with each new franchise coming with a projected 20 million dollar entry fee revealing that the time is truly right to be bullish on the PBR.

The Nashville Stampede is one of the original teams. In 2023, they returned to their home field with the crown of 2022 PRB Teams Champions. Granted, last year they did not have the best record but the Stampede won the most important event on the last weekend of that inaugural season to take the title in Sin City.

Chancie Neal and CJ Field provided a solid portion of this year's big musical component.

PBR's Stampede Days delivered an exciting weekend of entertainment both inside and outside the Bridgestone Arena thus setting the bar high for when the bulls return to Broadway in 2024.

The eleven-event season started in July and will culminate on October 20-22, 2023 with a much anticipated return to Las Vegas for the championship. Hang on - there's most twists and turns yet to come before we get there. If last season is any indication it's sure to be full of surprises.

Stampede Days have become a new favorite annual activity in Music City.

Related Links: For more information on PBR TEAMS and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - PBR Teams | CJ Field | Chancie Neal | Tim Watson | PBR Team Champions the Nashville Stampede Bring the Big Buckle Home to Broadway | PBR Embraces a Thrilling New Team Spirit at Nashville Stampede Days in Music City | Bridgestone Arena


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