From ice to dirt, major transformation at Quicken Loans Arena in preparation for monster truck show

CLEVELAND - Over 100 truck loads of dirt were dumped in Quicken Loans Arena early Friday morning in preparation for this weekend's Monster Jam event.

The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam will hold its first of four events Friday at 7:30 p.m. but before they can start their engines and crush cars the track had to be built.

The challenge is the Lake Erie Monsters played a game against the Hershey Bears, a game they won 4-3, Thursday night, just 24 hours before the monster trucks are set to entertain.

The hockey game was over just before 10 p.m. Crews from Quicken Loans Arena and Monster Jam immediately began the task of transitioning from a hockey arena to an official Monster Jam Track.

The walls, glass and ice were removed. The lower seats were pushed back before more than 100 truck loads of dirt were delivered to the bare concrete floor of Quicken Loans Arena. The ice was broken up into small pieces and loaded into trucks then hauled away.

The loads of dirt began rolling in just after 3 a.m. and within a few hours, nearly 100 truck loads of dirt had been dumped. As the dirt was being dumped, bulldozers began shaping the ramps and other obstacles for the Monster Jam.

The trucks competing this weekend are custom machines that average 12-feet-tall by 12-feet-wide and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam has four shows this weekend, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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