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Let It Pour!

January 23, 2008 10:52 AM

We'll return to model talk later tonight, but here's a quick photo from this morning:

Pouring cement

It was just after 8:00 AM, about 10 degrees above absolute zero, and crews began pouring the first concourse floor. They pealed back a portion of the chain link fence so the media could peek through:

Media peeking at the pouring

And just before my fingers completely froze solid, I snapped a couple of cool crane shots:

Ballpark crane

The pouring is taking place at the very bottom of this photo.


Ballpark crane

For those who have never seen it up close, that's what it looks like when steam comes out of the HERC plant.

When the place is finished, there won't be much activity there on a day like today. But this morning there were guys in hard hats crawling all over the tundra. You just gotta respect that.

Thanks, chilly construction dudes, for working out in the cold just to make sure the place opens for baseball on time in April of 2010!

Frigid ballpark building


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Oh happy day!

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