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'The rodeo after the rodeo' | Within days, crews transform NRG Park from HLSR to NCAA

This is a whole tear down and rebuild between the final concert of RodeoHouston on March 19 to tip off of Final Four Game 1 on April 1.

Brandi Smith

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Published: 11:28 PM CDT March 24, 2023
Updated: 10:10 PM CDT March 26, 2023

Between March 19 and April 1, NRG Park will undergo an impressive transformation as everything related to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is peeled away to make room for the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

"I always tell people this is the rodeo after the Rodeo," said Mike DeMarco, HLSR Chief Show Operations Officer. 

Not unlike the steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing that happened inside NRG Stadium, this transition is a timed event. The clock starts ticking before the Rodeo wraps.

"It’s humbling, honestly, to watch this transition take place," said Ryan Walsh, Executive Director and CEO of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. "You’ve got so many dedicated people who come in and do this."

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