Washington Assistant AD for Events and Facilities Dan Gaston will update GoHuskies.com readers weekly on the progress made at Husky Ballpark. The baseball season starts on Friday, Feb. 14, but UW will not play at its renovated stadium until Friday, March 21. Following is a recap of what progress has been made over the past week at Husky Ballpark.
There is a lot going on right now as we are six weeks away from opening the new ballpark.
Workers are finishing up sewing all the turf together and should be done by the end of the week. Starting next week they will complete the field turf and then start on laying the field turf in the player development building.
The ticket office outside the northwest corner of Husky Ballpark is starting to grow and build. We did have some cold weather this week, so that has slowed the process down a little bit. Also on the outside where the concessions and restrooms are, workers put canopies over them to help dry things out.
The bleachers are now about three-fourths of the way done. The frames are all laid out and they are starting to put the metal decking down and trying to complete the circular path that started down the first base line and has worked its way to the third base side.
Workers poured the base for the retaining wall that separates the soccer field from the ballpark. There is a grade change between the two fields. The stadium now is two feet lower than the old stadium grounds were, so a wall was needed to ensure that everything on the soccer-side will hold up. They are now getting ready to put the rebar in there.
There are a lot of other things going on too. They are finishing the metal paneling underneath the roof overhang and wiring is going on all around the building for internet, phones, TV cables – all that stuff.
Up in the suites and press box, everything is walled up now. They will start painting probably in the next week. Doors have been added there, and as a matter of fact, doors have been added in a lot of different areas.
In the player development building, all the glazing so there are windows on the street side; those are all in as of today. So, you can see all the windows, the doors and the glass, which is kind of cool because it lightens it up a little bit. They finished painting inside and the tract for the net is going up.
A lot has been done this week, but there still is a lot of work left to be done.
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