Bismarck Event Center transformed for PBR Bulling Riding Challenge

The PBR Bull Riding Challenge starts tomorrow at the Bismarck Event Center. So, the crew doesn’t have a lot of time to transform the arena.
The past three and a half months, the Event Center’s primary use has been Bismarck Bucks practice and games.
But this weekend, that space takes on a whole new look.

“Basically, we are transforming this arena to put on the bull riding this weekend,” said production crew member Adam Libby.

A 15 member crew will assemble more than 200 iron pieces into chutes and panels. They’ll also bring in about 300 tons of dirt.

“It’s been dump truck after dump truck all morning long,” Libby said.

The transformation process takes two days. But the first day is most important. During these eight hours, space is molded into what fans see when they walk in Friday night.

“Making sure it’s 100 percent the way you want it the first time,” said Libby. “Once you get those chutes in there, they’re going to stay. So it’s about landing things up perfect.”

The second day is just as long, but less intense. Sponsor banners are hung.

For riders, dirt plays a pivotal role. They prefer tightly packed dirt and the crew understands just how important that is.

“The dirt packs pretty tight because the equipment is on it all day,” Libby said, “but we’ll come in after and till it up.”

When the job is finished, the goal is to make sure all behind the scenes work is taken care of so fans can have the best possible experience.

“Perfect for the riders and the spectators to make sure everything is 100 percent,” Libby said. “You do your job so they can put on a show.”

And they’ll start deconstructing right after the last event on Saturday night

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