BlueDEF and PBR World Finals Celebrations at PBR Rock Bar & Grill


PBR Rock Bar & Grill Hosts Nine Days of Events During BlueDEF Finals and PBR World Finals in Las Vegas

Saturday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Nov. 6


WHAT: PBR Rock Bar & Grill, the Professional Bull Riders-affiliated venue located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, is set to host nine days of bull riding rowdiness centered on the BlueDEF Tour Finals and PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas. Events will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Nov. 6.


Guests will receive 10 percent off their tab with event credentials or ticket stubs. Beverage specials will be on offer all throughout the nine days, and live music will fill the giant dining hall throughout the event week. Luke Kaufman, who will also serve as the public address announcer for BlueDEF Tour Finals, will perform with his band, and acclaimed American Idol alum Morgan Leigh will also have her band on the Rock Bar stage. WNFR Barrel Man Rockin’ Robbie Hodges will be hosting mechanical bull riding competitions nightly.


PBR, famous for its country cooking and home-style, house-smoked barbecue, is the perfect setting for bull riding fans in Las Vegas for the coming week and a half.


PBR Rock Bar & Grill
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
3663 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109


SCHEDULE:     Saturday, Oct. 29

                        Official Kick Off Party – 9 p.m.

As the official after-party for opening night of the BlueDEF Tour Finals, PBR will host BlueDEF Tour Finals public address announcer Luke Kaufman and his band for a live performance inside Rock Bar.


PBR Halloween Party – 10 p.m.

Costumed guests will compete for $2,000 in cash and prizes while enjoying a scary good time.


Sunday, Oct. 30

BlueDEF Tour Finals after party headquarters

It’s Saddle-Up Sunday at PBR Rock Bar & Grill. Guests will enjoy live music, drink specials and a bull-riding competition with the prize of a $200 bar tab.


Monday, Oct. 31

BlueDEF Tour Finals after party headquarters

Country Night Monday slides perfectly into the week of bull riding. Guests will enjoy mechanical bull riding competitions, drink specials and great live music.


Wednesday, Nov. 2

World Finals Watch Party – 7 p.m.

Catch all the action from the arena down the Strip in the comfy confines of PBR Rock Bar & Grill. Watch the day’s action and prepare for a night of live music and drink specials with the best barbecue in Sin City.


PBR Rock Bar is World Finals Late Night Headquarters.

Luke Kaufman Band returns to perform inside Rock Bar, kicking off World Finals Week in Las Vegas. The party begins at 9 p.m. with late-night live music.


Thursday, Nov. 3

Rookie Rider Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.

Newcomers to the Built Ford Tough Series will enjoy lunch at PBR and fans will be treated to an afternoon autograph session.


World Finals Watch Party – 7 p.m.

Watch day two of World Finals bull riding competition on some of PBR’s 105 HDTVs and enjoy drink specials while gearing up for a the wildest night of World Finals Week at PBR.


World Finals Late Night Headquarters – 10 p.m.

On the night of Nov. 3, bull riding fans and guests at PBR will be treated to a unique buckle presentation, an autograph session with 10 World Finals riders, as well as a live outdoor performance by Luke Kaufman Band on PBR’s patio. Riders will walk the red carpet as they arrive direct from the arena after a night of performance.


Friday, Nov. 4

World Finals Watch Party – 7 p.m.

Watch day three of World Finals bull riding competition on some of PBR’s 105 HDTVs and enjoy drink specials while gearing up for a big night with Morgan Leigh band.


World Finals Late Night Headquarters – 9 p.m.

The fun progresses with continued drink specials. Morgan Leigh Band performs inside Rock Bar.


Saturday, Nov. 5

World Finals Watch Party – 8 p.m.

Watch day four of World Finals bull riding competition on PBR’s 105 HDTVs and enjoy drink specials while gearing up for a big night of bull riding


World Finals Late Night Headquarters – 9 p.m.

The fun progresses with continued drink specials. Morgan Leigh Band performs inside Rock Bar.


Sunday, Nov. 6

World Finals Watch Party – 1 p.m.

The afternoon action will conclude the event, crowning a champion of the 2016 Built Ford Tough PBR World Finals. Catch it all at the only PBR-affiliated venue in the city.


World Finals Wrap Up Party – 9 p.m.

The World Finals riders, crew and everyone that makes this amazing event happen each year (well…maybe not the bulls) are invited to PBR to celebrate. The event is open to the public. Morgan Leigh Band will perform inside Rock Bar.






About PBR Rock Bar & Grill:
PBR Rock Bar & Grill is the hottest spot in Las Vegas offering beers and bulls in its sprawling, 16,800 square foot venue. Open daily from 8 a.m. until the early morning hours, with Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 2 until 6 p.m., PBR Rock Bar & Grill offers guests hearty, American comfort food and barbeque around the clock. Beautiful babes and bad ass bull riders are dared to attempt to defy gravity on PBR Rock Bar & Grill’s daunting, hydraulic mechanical bull.


Located at the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, PBR Rock Bar & Grill’s expansive 3,000 square foot patio gives patrons a front row seat to all of the action. Complete with 105 wall-to-wall high-definition televisions and four projectors, PBR Rock Bar & Grill provides sports enthusiasts with the perfect game day retreat. For more information, call 702.750.1685 or visit Follow PBR Rock Bar on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.






UNLVtickets, the in-house ticketing company for all Thomas & Mack Center (TMC), Sam Boyd Stadium (SBS), Cox Pavilion, and UNLV Athletic events announced today, that La Bonita Supermarkets are now outlets to sell UNLVtickets. There are five La Bonita Supermarket locations around the Las Vegas valley where customers can purchase tickets seven days a week.

2405 E. Ogden, N. Las Vegas, NV 89101 – Open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
2672 Las Vegas Blvd. , N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 – Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
2021 Civic Center Dr., N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 – Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
2500 E. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89121 – Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
4120 S Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas NV. 89103 – Open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

UNLVtickets will also continue their partnership with Town Square Las Vegas as an outlet. Town Square Las Vegas is located at 6605 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Customers can purchase tickets at the Town Square Concierge seven days a week Monday -Thursday from 10 a.m.– 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Additionally, tickets for any TMC, SBS, or Cox Pavilion event can also be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Ticket Office, charged by phone at 702-739-FANS or online at

TMC, SBS, and Cox Pavilion took ticketing in-house on July 1, 2002 when the facilities launched UNLVtickets. Powered by software giant, Paciolan, the internal ticketing company also handles the ticketing needs for Coast Casinos and UNLV Performing Arts. UNLVtickets provides fans access to some of the most exciting live events in Las Vegas such as UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball, Championship Boxing, Major League Soccer, PBR World Finals, Disney On Ice, NBA Summer League, WWE, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, and much more.


Thomas & Mack Center


Today, the Thomas & Mack Center officially celebrates 30 years of award-winning entertainment, guest service and renowned fan experience in Las Vegas as it begins a yearlong celebration of its 30th Anniversary.

“We are excited to share this great Thomas & Mack Center milestone with the Las Vegas community,” said Mike Newcomb, Executive Director of the Thomas & Mack Center. “By catering to both locals and out of town visitor’s, we have provided the city with unprecedented economic impact over our 30 years of hosting special events.”

Thomas & Mack Center kicked off the celebration November 1st, announcing local Las Vegan Ron Mullins as “The Big Ticket Giveaway” winner. Mullins was awarded two tickets to every ticketed event at the Thomas & Mack Center from November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014. More than 30 confirmed ticketed events were included in “The Big Ticket Giveaway.”

The Thomas & Mack Center continually ranks highly as one of the top grossing venues in the country; ranking #1 as the top grossing University venue for 15,001-30,000 capacity (Jan. 1, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2012). Additionally, Thomas & Mack Center ranked #2 for highest grossing Las Vegas venues (Sept. 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013), as reported by leading event industry publication Venues Today.

The continual success of the venue is attributed to both past employees and the current 82 full time and 1,200 part time employees. Many of these employees have been a part of the Thomas & Mack Center team for over 20 years. The arena is widely recognized for its many “best practices” throughout the sports and entertainment industry.

“Being such a viable venue for 30 years is a testament to all the very talented people who have dedicated their professional lives to the Thomas & Mack Center,” said Newcomb.

In 1983 the Thomas & Mack Center was designed and expanded to become Las Vegas’ first multipurpose arena to bring in revenue to the city. Once built, the facility had two major goals to reach: 100 event days per year and one million guests. Today, the Thomas & Mack Center hosts more than 250 diverse and distinct events annually, with over 22 million guests having passed through its doors. The venue contributes significantly to the overall economic impact of Southern Nevada by providing jobs, generating sales tax, and providing a facility for tourists and locals alike.

“Throughout our 30 years the Thomas & Mack Center has established itself as one of the premier venues in the country. We have always prided ourselves on being a leader in the venue business and not being afraid to step outside the box,” said Newcomb. “Creating our own ticketing company, UNLVtickets, was a big step that not many venues have taken and it has been a great revenue generator for our venue. Operating our own food and beverage also gives us the control and flexibility to generate revenue in concessions and catering.”

On Nov. 21, 1983, the Thomas & Mack Center opened its doors to the public for its very first event when the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Men’s Basketball team took on Victoria, Canada for the first game on their new home court. The Gala Grand Opening was held on December 16, 1983 and featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Diana Ross. Over the past 30 years, the Thomas & Mack Center has hosted some of the most exciting live events in the world such as the National Finals Rodeo, Championship Boxing, PBR World Finals, Disney On Ice, NBA Summer League, USA Basketball, WWE, Mountain West Basketball Tournament, the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, and numerous others. Additionally some of the biggest superstars and super groups have performed at the facility, including Elton John, U2, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, N’SYNC, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Phish, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Green Day to name a few.

“The wide array of events we get to be involved with is key to our success and keeps the team motivated. We have had many great highlights but a couple really come to mind,” said Newcomb. “In 2007 we were the first non NBA venue to host the NBA All Star Game, and we were the first US venue to host the PRIDE Fighting Championship group from Japan and held two great events with them in 2006 and 2007.”

The Thomas & Mack Center underwent renovations in 1992 and 2000 with a few recent updates last year. A new rigging grid was put in which increased surface area for the attachment of rigging points adding flexibility for different types of shows and events that Thomas & Mack Center hosts. Additionally, the venue has upgraded its control room to full HD production. This system is primarily for in-house video scoreboard presentations as well as projects that are produced for live and on-demand streaming.

Recently the Nevada state legislature approved $47 million in renovations and upgrades to the arena scheduled to begin in Fall of 2014. It will be a 24 month project working around the venues event schedule. Almost half of the renovation dollars will go to mechanical upgrades to bring the facility up to code and replace the 30-year-old infrastructure. Other updates and additions include ADA improvements, concourse restroom improvements, fire and life safety improvements, replacement of retractable seating, new seats in the plaza, concourse circulation improvements, concourse refurbishment, new escalators at the main entrance, and additional escalators at other entrances.

“We’re continuing to evolve and develop new offerings for our content partners that allow them to create new revenues and build new touch points with consumers,” said Newcomb. “We’ve always focused on improving. In a city like Las Vegas, you’ve got to keep getting better. The team members who came before us set the groundwork, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that the Thomas & Mack Center is a success going forward for another 30 years.”