SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The first event ever hosted by the new Thunder Ridge Nature Arena begins today.

The PBR Team Series has arrived in Ridgedale. One of the nation’s premier bull-riding organizations will bring the Missouri Thunder Days bull-riding team to the newly built Bass Pro Shops arena south of Springfield.

“What’s gone on in the last four months is absolutely incredible,” Jeff Wilhoit said with Big Cedar Lodge Marketing. “Johnny Morris decided to build this incredible nature amphitheater. The crews have been working night and day to get this done for the PBR tonight.”

Tickets to Friday’s event as of the time of this writing are $35 for general admission and $65 for the tiered lawn section. Tickets can be bought on Ticketmaster. Parking passes are sold separately for $15.

“We tried to make access very easy to get into nature’s arena,” Wilhoit said. “The guests will actually be sitting on the ground and they can bring blankets to sit on or stand, and they everyone’s going to have an incredible view of the arena.”

The series starts today and continues through Sunday.

Friday, Sept. 23

  • 3:45 p.m. Fan Zone opens
  • 5:45 p.m. Seating opens
  • 7 p.m. Event kickoff
  • 7:45 p.m. Bull riding begins

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • 2:45 p.m. Fan Zone opens
  • 4:45 p.m. Seating opens
  • 6 p.m. Event kickoff
  • 6:45 p.m. Bull riding begins

Sunday, Sept. 25

  • 9:45 a.m. Fan Zone opens
  • 11:45 a.m. Seating opens
  • 12:30 p.m. Cowboy Church
  • 1 p.m. Event kickoff
  • 1:45 p.m. Bull riding begins

This is Missouri Thunder’s first home game. Bull riders are excited to compete at the arena.

“This arena is something special,” Bull rider Colten Fritzlan said. “I’ve never been anywhere like it. Our team is great. We got a great group of guys. I know I can learn off them and they can learn off me and we just have fun, and that’s all it is. A bunch of cowboys riding bulls and have fun doing it and we’re just looking at getting better.”