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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — From hoops to hooves, Chesapeake Energy Arena is in the midst of a major transformation. It’s out with basketball and in with bulls. PBR Production VP, Clayton Cullen said, “We like to say it’s a rock and roll show with beef.”

For the next several days, the “Peak” will host the PBR world finals.

It’s the ultimate contest of man versus beast.

Bullrider Ryan Dirteater said, “It’s the greatest bull riders against the greatest bulls. Anything can happen. A guy can be on top of the world or smashed in the dirt.”

Crews began preparing the arena early Thursday morning.

They are installing 240 Giant speakers, a 47-by-27 video wall and hauling in a small mountain of dirt.

Organizers say the clay and sand mixture is critical for the safety of the animals and the bull riders.

Dirteater said, “I want to make sure it’s 300 tons of dirt on this floor. It’s like a mattress for us. That’s our pad. Gymnasts get pads. We get dirt.”

It’ll take roughly 1,200 man hours to transform the arena but organizers say it will be ready for the “greatest show on dirt!”

The PBR World Finals kick off Friday night and run through Sunday.

Tickets start at around $10 each.