College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Elbert Speidel, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper is a reflection of the construction process concerning Cal Poly’s 77th Poly Royal Rodeo in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The paper is an overview of how the project came about, the process of planning, new knowledge, deliverables, lessons learned, and how the experience applies to working in the construction industry. April 5-9, 2017 was the execution of a monumental process. 40,000SF of filter fabric, 2 semi loads (1500 sheets) of plywood, and 200 truckloads of dirt were laid on the live grass of Spanos Stadium to set the stage for a rodeo production unlike most people see in their lifetime. A full scale arena, concert stage, and VIP tent accompanied the grounds of a stadium to seat 11,000 people. Saturday night April 8, 11,000+ people rocked the event after being rained out Friday night. Cal Poly, the Rodeo Program, numerous professionals, and the San Luis Obispo community achieved history in hosting the largest collegiate rodeo to-date. All of this was accomplished in a 96 hour window.