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SOSU breaks ground on new Rodeo and Agriculture Expo Center

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DUANT, Okla. (KXII) -A celebratory day for the Savage Storm right this moment as their new Rodeo and Agriculture Expo Center broke ground Monday afternoon.

“It’s been an emotional day, I’m super over the top excited to finally see this come to life. It’s been in the process for a long time,” Head Coach for the rodeo staff Christi Braudrick stated.

After practically 8 years off campus, the Savage Storm Men’s and Women’s Rodeo Team will now be again on campus.

Something present staff member Gus Franzen is happy about.

“Our current facility is on south 9th near the casino a little bit out of town, having a facility right here close to campus will be handy and will be close to town and hopefully encourage some of the other student life to come out and support the rodeo team,” Franzen stated.

“So to have all of our facilities on campus allows our students to continue to really be integrated as part of the student body and our rodeo team is a really big piece of who we are at Southeastern,” President of SOSU Dr. Thomas Newsom stated.

This is simply part one of many Rodeo and Agriculture Expo Center.

“Our current facility is outdated to say the least and to have a state of the art facility like this is gonna be safer for us and our horses and give us better opportunity to prepare ourselves to compete,” Franzen stated.

The new facility will sit on roughly 60 acres of land with a lighted out of doors area and seating for greater than 500 spectators.

Dr. Thomas stated the mission value greater than $2 million.

“This is super exciting for the future of the rodeo team, to bring recruits in, to bring people into the community to have events.” Braudrick stated.

Current Rodeo members, alumni, SOSU college and workers,  together with neighborhood members have been in attendance for Monday’s occasion.

“I was just overwhelmed with the number of folks that came out today, I think we had a couple of hundred people out here,” Dr. Newsom stated.

“Yeah that was super awesome, I had no idea how many people were gonna show up to this and to get a good turn out on a good day like this is exciting,” Franzen stated.

Dr. Newsom hopes to begin development beginning in June with the mission to be full this time subsequent 12 months.

“With this being built, I think that the winning tradition will continue and honestly get even more so than it has so currently,” Braudrick stated.

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