MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse under transformation to host rodeo
A huge makeover is happening at Montana State University's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Crews are prepping for the school's annual rodeo which is expected to host thousands of folks.
Vic Lutes, a volunteer, says spreading the dirt is a process. "That's because the ground is packed so I need to go in and rip the dirt up," he said.
Lutes told NBC Montana the dirt takes hours to load in the fieldhouse. He says the dirt needs to be arranged for both riders and horses.
"It's kind of difficult to get it just right for every discipline that's in the rodeo, but that is what we strive to do," said Lutes.
Before crews could actually put down dirt, they had to lay down more than a thousand pieces of plywood to protect the fieldhouse floor.
"Once the dirt is in then all of the chutes, and the pens and the panels gets set up," explained Lutes.
Lutes says he has been volunteering for more than 16 years and has passion for the sport of rodeo.
"My biggest reward is to have some of the team members come up and say the dirt was really good tonight," said Lutes. He told NBC Montana it's that praise that makes the process worth it.
The rodeo begins next Thursday night and runs until Sunday afternoon.
Lutes says on Saturdays they are used to seeing close to 4,000 people come out and cheer on the MSU rodeo team.
According to the team's website, since the program began after World War II, MSU's Bobcat rodeo teams have earned eight national team titles, eight Big Sky regional titles and 33 individual national championships.