X Games Layout Changes Throughout the Weekend

July 20, 2018 10:25 PM

It takes a lot of work and heavy machinery not only to get ready for the X Games competition, but also to transform it for different events through the weekend.

But the end result is getting good reviews from fans all over. 

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"I think it's pretty cool," said Phillip Goedderz, who lives in Rosemount. 

"This is just awesome, we are having the time of our lives," said Misty Mayland, who is visiting from Arizona. 

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Landon Taylor, with ESPN, is one of the brains behind the design.

"We've come up with good game plans for this year," Taylor said.

He says the layout attendees see Friday will be much different than Sunday.

"In order for us to get this all done and have all these events that we want to have in here we've got to change things up," Taylor said. 

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Last year, the flat track racing competition took place in Bloomington. But this year they're having the races inside the stadium. That means crews have to move a whole lot of dirt.

"We've got to create some room and start building that portion of the track," Taylor said. 

Taylor says they'll start to move dirt Friday night, but most of it is happening overnight Saturday.

"The timeline is definitely short," Taylor said. 

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With events going late into Saturday, and practice starting Sunday morning, the window to get everything ready is small.

"It's going to be interesting for us to get it done, but we're always up for the challenge," Taylor said. 

"That's extremely impressive, they're going to be very busy that night," Mayland said. 

Transforming a football stadium into this design isn't easy and takes some getting used to for Vikings fans.

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"It's a little weird because I've really never seen anything else in here besides a football game," Goedderz said. 

But in the end, organizers agree it's rewarding. 

"We build all this awesome stuff and have all these people come and check it out," Taylor said "It's rad."

The X Games will be back for the next two summers.

Organizers say they already have ideas in mind to change up the design.

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