The 25th PBR Ak-Chin Invitational is set for March 23 and 24 at the Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave.
The world’s top 35 bull riders will compete in an attempt to win the Professional Bull Riders World Championship.
Activities surrounding the two-day event include:
• A meet and greet at 3:30 p.m. March 22 at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center where fans can meet the contestants, get autographs and take photos.
• The Tanger Outlets Westgate Mommy & Me Festival at 11 a.m. March 23 when fans can meet PBR athletes and children can ride ponies, pet a goat and complete a Wild West craft.
• The Fan Zone PBR Pre-party at Gila River Arena March 23 when guests can win tickets and take a photo with a live bull; and March 24 when visitors can attend a beer garden with live country music, games, dancing and photo ops with a live bull. The March 23 event will begin at 4 p.m., while the March 24 event will start at 3 p.m.
• PBR’s Ak-Chin Invitational March 23 and 24, featuring 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood; former PBR World Champions Cooper Davis (2016), J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015), Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011) and Guilherme Marchi (2008); and newcomers Derek Kolbaba, Cody Teel and 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Lima.